University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art

Introduction

Edinburgh College of Art is an internationally recognised art college situated in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant and creative capital cities.

We offer specialist expertise in the fields of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Art, Design, History of Art and Music. Home to 3,000 students and just under 300 staff, our students join an incredibly diverse and creative community which includes both academics and practising professionals.

Outstanding resources

We offer an exceptional range of studios and workshop spaces, libraries and collections, places to socialise, perform and show work; all within walking distance of world-class museums, concert halls and galleries. In addition, the University's own gallery, the Talbot Rice Gallery, is one of Scotland's leading public spaces for contemporary visual art.

A world-class learning experience

Our teaching staff will inspire you to create work of the highest quality, in a cosmopolitan environment that is stimulating, supportive, flexible and challenging. We foster quality and distinctiveness in our students’ work, mixing traditional skills and new technologies. We are committed to delivering a flexible, imaginative education and want you to make the most of your talents and to realise your potential. If you want to be challenged, are passionate about your work and want to develop skills and innovative thinking, then this is the place for you. Welcome to ECA.

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Programs

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MA

Contemporary Art Practice - MA/MFA

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

The curriculum of this programme is under review for the 2018/19 academic year. Program structure and course availability are subject to change. [+]

Work by Patricia McCormack, 2016. Programme description

The curriculum of this programme is under review for the 2018/19 academic year. Programme structure and course availability are subject to change.

This programme encourages practices that are speculative and reflective, supporting work in a range of media. It is concerned with ways of learning that are experiential – embodied through and understood by the acquisition of a practice.

During the late 20th century, developments within visual art introduced new processes and situations, which resulted in an expanded concept of artistic practice.

Media-related disciplines supported by the programme include sculpture, painting and printmaking, photography, audio-visual and new media. The programme also encompasses approaches to practice that are non-media-specific, including intermedia, time-based arts, performance, installation, public art and art writing.... [-]


Design for Change - MA

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

This exciting new programme is intended to foster a new breed of designer for the 21st century. As the world undergoes massive, accelerated change, communities, cultures and societies face various complex circumstances and systems, including disruptive technologies, ageing populations, economic instability, conflict and displacement, and environmental degradation. [+]

Programme description

This exciting new programme is intended to foster a new breed of designer for the 21st century. As the world undergoes massive, accelerated change, communities, cultures and societies face various complex circumstances and systems, including disruptive technologies, aging populations, economic instability, conflict and displacement, and environmental degradation. This programme will address the complex, real world challenges these communities face through design-led interventions driven by tactical, critical, strategic and creative approaches. It places an expanded notion of design at the heart of the enterprise of social, technical and environmental change and nurtures an interdisciplinary approach to these complex circumstances.... [-]


Design Informatics - MA / MFA

Campus Full time 12 - 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Design informatics combines data science with design thinking in a context of critical enquiry and speculation. We build a value-aware, reflective practice at the interface between data and society by combining theory and research with an open-ended process of making and hacking. [+]

Work by Anais Moisy, 2015 Programme description

Design informatics combines data science with design thinking in a context of critical enquiry and speculation. We build a value-aware, reflective practice at the interface between data and society by combining theory and research with an open-ended process of making and hacking.

Human activity is being constantly shaped by the flow of data and the intelligence that process it, moving towards an algorithmically mediated society. Design informatics asks how we can create products and services within this world, that learn and evolve, that are contextualized and humane. It asks questions about what we should create, speculating about the different futures we might be building and the values behind them.... [-]


Film Directing - MA/MFA

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Film Directing at the University of Edinburgh takes a project-led, practice-based approach, which integrates practical filmmaking with analysis of contemporary film practice. Students choose to make a creative documentary or a non-fiction film which defies genre definition and pushes the boundaries of narrative. [+]

Programme description

This programme takes a project-led, practice-based approach to studying for an MA in Film Directing (Documentary) which integrates practical film making with analysis of contemporary film practice. Students choose to make a creative documentary or a non -fiction film which defies genre definition and pushes the boundaries of narrative. We develop these through workshops and tutorials. Our students work within an integrated framework that helps them question the form of their films and enables them to find the right language for their storytelling.

The programme encourages ways of working as a film community that foster the important exchange of ideas, with inspiration from international visiting film makers through the Scottish Documentary Institute and support from our team of documentary practitioners. All tutors are top professionals currently working within the industry as directors, producers, editors, cinematographers or sound designers. A newly built Avid edit teaching space, and a new screening space helps us encourage a fresh approach to emerging technologies.... [-]


Illustration - MA/MFA

Campus Full time 12 - 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Postgraduate study in illustration reflects the diversity of the subject and the opportunities that exist in areas such as publishing, advertising, graphic and web design, theatre, television, art galleries and museums. [+]

Programme description

Postgraduate study in illustration reflects the diversity of the subject and the opportunities that exist in areas such as publishing, advertising, graphic and web design, theatre, television, art galleries and museums. We welcome applicants with a variety of approaches to Illustration, from both academic and professional perspectives.

You will be encouraged to explore a range of methods with support from highly accomplished and respected staff, all of whom have understanding and expertise in the art of illustration.

Facilities include excellent individual working spaces with access to a drawing studio and extensive printmaking resources. There are life drawing classes, workshops and field trips. You will also have the chance to study bookbinding, book arts, digital technologies and web publishing.... [-]


Interior Design - MA

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

Covering the study and design of interior spaces in relation to a wide range of public and private environments, this programme will guide you through innovative design projects that will enable you to explore the design potential of existing buildings and find new uses for old or redundant spaces through the design of contemporary insertions. [+]

Programme description

Covering the study and design of interior spaces in relation to a wide range of public and private environments, this programme will guide you through innovative design projects that will enable you to explore the design potential of existing buildings and find new uses for old or redundant spaces through the design of contemporary insertions.

You’ll be encouraged to focus on the aspects of interior design that you find most interesting or personally relevant, and take charge of the direction of your coursework.

Visits from industry practitioners, along with our strong links with commercial design consultancies and architectural practices, are invaluable in providing opportunities for additional expert advice and critical appraisal.... [-]


MSc

Acoustics and Music Technology - MSc

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Acoustics and music technology sit at an exciting crossroads between science and the arts. In this diverse programme, you will combine aspects of both worlds to gain insight into the science of sound. [+]

Programme Description

Taking the science of musical sound as your focus, you’ll work in a cross-disciplinary environment, using theoretical and experimental work to explore the musical, technical and multimedia applications of acoustics and audio technology.

The programme aims to:

provide a broadly based, scientifically oriented foundation in the area of music, acoustics and audio technology develop skills in research, computation, design and analytical problem-solving create a multidisciplinary learning environment that will prepare the student for careers in which a strong understanding of music/audio technology is required develop an ability to appreciate, understand and develop the creative potential of sound design ... [-]

Advanced Sustainable Design - MSc

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

This programme helps you conceive, refine and explain sustainable strategies in the built environment. The programme is scenario based, delivered in a series of studio projects supplemented with workshops and seminars on aspects of sustainable design. [+]

Programme description

This programme helps you conceive, refine and explain sustainable strategies in the built environment.

The programme is scenario based, delivered in a series of studio projects supplemented with workshops and seminars on aspects of sustainable design. There is an opportunity to study environmental simulation techniques and discover how these can influence wider issues in the built environment.

We address the complex relationship of design to contemporary sustainable agendas and engage in cultural and professional debates that increasingly influence the production of architecture.

This programme is affiliated with the University’s Global Environment & Society Academy.... [-]


Architectural Conservation - MSc

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Our highly regarded Architectural Conservation programme is more than 40 years old; it is the longest-established graduate historic preservation programme in the UK. [+]

Programme description

Our highly regarded Architectural Conservation programme is more than 40 years old; it is the longest-established graduate historic preservation programme in the UK.

Whether you’re approaching the field from an architectural, historical, geological or other viewpoint, this programme will guide you through the foundations and challenges of this important means of nurturing cultural and national identity.

You will benefit from learning on our historic campus (located in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site), and from the wealth of academic and intellectual activities associated with an internationally-renowned university.

You’ll be part of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (SCCS), a specialist teaching and research unit that provides the depth of expertise and resources that ensures this programme is recognized by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.... [-]


Art in the Global Middle Ages - MSc

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Our Art in the Global Middle Ages masters programme is the first of its kind in the world. Led by a team of internationally renowned medieval experts, our students develop a unique perspective on European, Islamic and Chinese visual culture in the Middle Ages. [+]

Programme description

This programme is designed for students seeking a distinctive and unique perspective on the arts of the Middle Ages. Visual culture, throughout the medieval period, is addressed from a global viewpoint.

The programme combines study of the arts and their audiences in Europe (particularly France, Italy and the Netherlands) and Early Medieval Britain and Ireland with those in non-Christian cultures (the arts of Islamic World, South Asia, Japan and China). The main focus is on issues stemming from considerations of cultural exchange and trans-regional interaction.

One example is the practice of exchanging gifts, its traditions, diplomatic significance and intellectual consequences. The programme will also consider issues concerning pilgrimage and conquest, and will address questions arising from study of the rise of global trade and travel. These embrace such topics as:... [-]


Composition for Screen - MSc

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Composition for Screen at the University of Edinburgh attracts highly creative, talented musicians. Our students collaborate with animators, film makers, game developers and orchestras to produce exciting music which is regularly shortlisted for prestigious international prizes. [+]

Programme description

This is a one-year, research and compositional performance-based MSc with a focus on practices for composing music and sound for the screen.

The focus of the in-depth compositional investigations will include film/TV music as well as current computer multimedia production practices, such as for music videos, commercials, video games and web pages. You will become proficient in the theoretical, technical, artistic and intellectual demands of composing music and sound for use in TV/radio/ film and other media environments. You will be able to experiment with new styles in media, and receive practical experience and timely feedback in collaborating with others.

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History of Art, Theory and Display - MSc

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme offers you a number of ways in which to explore your chosen field of study and is perfect for providing you with a comprehensive overview, prior to taking on more specialized studies. [+]

Programme description

This programme offers you a number of ways in which to explore your chosen field of study and is perfect for providing you with a comprehensive overview, prior to taking on more specialized studies.

You’ll examine art in its historical contexts, the theoretical frameworks of interpretation and their relationship as physical objects to practices and concepts of display. You have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through an optional internship within one of Edinburgh’s many museums or galleries.

Equally spread over the pre- and post-1800 periods, the programme content will allow you to develop an excellent knowledge of the discipline of art history, advanced research abilities and valuable vocational experience.... [-]


Landscape and Wellbeing - MSc

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Delivered by an expert academic team, including members of OPENspace, the international research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments, this programme takes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of salutogenic landscapes and the importance of the environment for human health and wellbeing. [+]

Programme description

Delivered by an expert academic team, including members of OPENspace, the international research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments, this programme takes an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of salutogenic landscapes and the importance of the environment for human health and wellbeing.

In providing a unique opportunity for academics and practitioners working in landscape architecture, planning, design, geography, public health, psychology, epidemiology, horticulture and ecology to understand the evidence base and to operationalise the planning and design of salutogenic landscapes, the programme offers the most advanced theoretical and methodological access to the latest research in the field.... [-]


Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism - MSc

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

If you’d like to deepen your knowledge and understanding of art theory and practice from the late 19th to the 21st centuries and draw on the expertise of renowned international scholars, this dynamic programme is for you. [+]

Jim Lambie (2014). Courtesy of the Fruitmarket Gallery. Photography by Ruth Clark. Programme description

The programme will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of modern and contemporary art, and prepare you for further research and/or a range of careers in the art world.

The MSc combines academic study, including compulsory courses on Research, Theories & Methods and Cultures and Politics of Display alongside option courses on critical subjects and themes, with more practical, vocational elements, appropriate to studying in a major international art centre.

Programme structure

There is a mixture of group teaching, individual tutorials and supervision, and research seminars. You will be taught by research-active staff, including leading experts in their fields. You are also expected to undertake independent study and research.... [-]


Sound Design – MSc

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

If you’re interested in exploring the domain of sound in the wider context of new media theory and technology, the MSc Sound Design at the University of Edinburgh is for you. Our programme is strongly interdisciplinary with course content ranging from the study of film sound to interactive audio design, sound installation and web design. [+]

Programme description

This programme is targeted at individuals interested in exploring the domain of sound in the wider context of new media theory and technology. It is strongly interdisciplinary and course content ranges from the study of film sound to interactive audio design, sound installation and web design.

This programme will provide you with knowledge, skill and understanding in a range of sound design situations both commercial and experimental. Graduates of the programme will be armed with professional, practical, analytical and critical skills to take into sound-related industries or on towards further academic study such as a PhD.

The Reid Studio is our new surround-sound mixing and production studio, and our Russolo Room offers industry-standard recording equipment and software. Our Sound Lab, which hosts a number of fully equipped workstations, is available for your use.... [-]


Urban Strategies & Design - MSc

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

The MSc in Urban Strategies & Design is taught by academic researchers with international research experience, links and interests, in a range of urban areas. [+]

Programme description

Jointly delivered by Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society at Heriot-Watt University, this programme builds upon the expertise and knowledge developed in both institutions.

The MSc in Urban Strategies & Design is taught by academic researchers with international research experience, links and interests, in a range of urban areas. This wealth of knowledge and the use of contemporary pedagogies is integrated into the programme’s delivery.

The programme encourages the adoption of a comprehensive approach towards the delivery of socially sustainable urban transformation, from local-specific to global-regional interventions. You will study the wide and diverse range of social, economic and political processes that influence the development of the contemporary urban environment. The course also seeks to enable you to acquire the tools and skills to propose urban projects of diverse scales and specificities.... [-]


Master

Architecture - Master of Architecture (MArch)

Campus Full time 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

This is an exciting and innovative programme of study, based in one of the most beautiful and architecturally important cities in the world. The programme combines flexibility with rigour, allowing students to select from an exciting menu of studio courses and a choice of curricular pathways through the degree. [+]

Programme description

This is an exciting and innovative programme of study, based in one of the most beautiful and architecturally important cities in the world.

The programme combines flexibility with rigour, allowing students to select from an exciting menu of studio courses and a choice of curricular pathways through the degree.

ARB/RIBA

The programme has Architects Registration Board (ARB) prescription and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validation. RIBA validation was achieved in 2011 and again in 2017.

Programme structure

You will undertake a series of advanced-level research exercises and design projects, engaging with structural, environmental, cultural, theoretical and aesthetic questions. Non-studio courses encompass technology, contemporary architectural theory and management practice and law.... [-]


Jewellery - MFA

Campus Full time 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh

You’ll have the opportunity to create and present a significant body of work and will graduate with the confidence to establish yourself in our field as an independent maker or designer. [+]

Programme description

You’ll have the opportunity to create and present a significant body of work and will graduate with the confidence to establish yourself in our field as an independent maker or designer.

This highly practical programme will see you exploring and developing your creativity through a variety of approaches, from the traditional practices of the goldsmiths’ and silversmiths’ trade to the contemporary influences of art, craft, design, technology and science.

You’ll work in a vibrant, well-equipped environment, with bench spaces and access to machine and CAD workshops and studios. You’ll also have access to the range of facilities across the University to explore your art in an interdisciplinary environment.... [-]


Musicology - Master of Music (MMus)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

The MMus in Musicology represents a unique opportunity to explore music in its cultural, social and political contexts. Taught by a team of staff who undertake world-leading research in musicology, film music, music and politics, popular music and music sociology, our students are exposed to a variety of methodologies and debates, and are offered substantial scope to pursue their own research interests. [+]

Programme description

This programme offers an intense introduction to methodologies and research techniques in musicology, covering both classical and popular music, autonomous works and functional music, for example for religious ceremonies or for the screen.

You’ll learn the methodologies and research techniques necessary to analyse specific source material and learn to address the more philosophical questions raised, such as those of history, canons and archival research, performance studies, fieldwork, semiotics, the body, race, diaspora, gender, sexuality and consumption.

Drawing on the very broad range of research at Edinburgh, it allows you to pursue, in greater depth, an area of special interest and/or to develop more specialised skills to further your career.... [-]


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