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Art, Space & Nature - MFA/MA
This programme offers a multidisciplinary framework to explore the complex intersections between creative practice, spatial theory and environmental issues, as a critical response to the world around us. It is structured through a series of contextual assignments to assert the values of real world engagement and issue-led practice, interrelated with theory and skill-based learning, allowing you to consider both the theoretical and practical context of your work. Multidisciplinary studies enable you to explore comparative modes of creative methods and techniques, to equip you with a greater range of knowledge and skills to engage complex environmental contexts.
We attract students from a range of creative and cultural backgrounds, providing a rich internationally diverse group, who develop as culturally astute, politically aware and visually perceptive individuals. Travel is encouraged to explore comparative regional contexts, to establish a sophisticated global perspective on current environmental issues, preparing you to enter the increasingly dynamic fields of creative and cultural industries, or advanced doctoral research.
How you will study
The programme provides regular teaching input covering art, architecture and landscape planning, complemented by seminars in cultural geography, social media and environmental theory. This offers a dynamic learning process to engage ideas across varying contextual and disciplinary boundaries, leading to fresh insights and new ways of thinking that inform advanced modes of visual and spatial practice.
Our studio is enhanced by two integrated gallery spaces, offering project spaces with a street interface and an internal cinema space, providing a unique resource to test innovative ideas. You will benefit from a range of professionally aligned projects that are hosted in these spaces and direct contact with established researchers and practitioners, providing a platform to share ideas and project opportunities through regular lively events.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- Access Multidisciplinary Expertise: you will learn from a range of established disciplinary figures with expertise in collaborative and multidisciplinary creative practice.
- Learn from Real World Contexts: our projects encourage response through visual and spatial thinking to place specific or site informed practice in often complex environmental settings.
- Integrate Theory and Practice: our courses emphasise the importance of reflective practice as a process to integrate current theory, with personal research and practice.
- Expand Your International Perspective: the programme offers opportunities to study within an international network of staff and students, to enhance your worldview.
- Construct a Personal Pathway: our programme offers flexibility for students to construct a set of course options that respond to personal aspirations and utilise world class resources across the University of Edinburgh.
Donald Urquhart, Programme Director. Donald is an artist who exhibits internationally. Working with traditional media, film and installation, his work explores psychological aspects of landscape. He has an extensive public art practice, for which he has been awarded numerous prestigious residencies and commissions. Recently his practice has specialized in the creation of therapeutic healthcare environments and architecture. | View staff profile >
Ross McLean, Lecturer. Ross is a landscape architect involved in several research-led projects that explore the concepts of emergence and succession as strategies for socio-ecological development. As a director of the Biological Architecture Lab he explores nature-inspired design through collaborative projects. He also works as an artist, exploring ideas of environmental impact. | View staff profile >
Chris Fremantle, Sessional Lecturer. Chris works as a researcher and producer addressing eco-cultural well-being. He’s worked with the eminent ecological artists, Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison on Greenhouse Britain: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom as well as with PLATFORM on Remember Saro-Wiwa. He’s currently working with the Land Art Generator Initiative on a project for Glasgow. He works with artists and designers on humanising healthcare environments. Chris established ecoartscotland as a platform for research and practice in 2010.
Tim Collins and Reiko Goto, Visiting Lecturers. The Collins & Goto Studio make artwork that is rich with ideas, experience and form. They proceed slowly working across traditional media, philosophy, science and technology to explore meaning. They theorize and practice sympathetic and empathetic relationships between human and nonhuman. They are interested in the ways art makes small contributions to democratic aesthetic discourse and place-based value deliberation.
Prior to living in the UK, Tim Collins and Reiko Goto gained international recognition for work in the Studio for Creative Inquiry in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In San Francisco they were recognized for their early work and awarded numerous prestigious exhibitions, fellowships, residencies and commissions. | Find out more about Collins & Goto on their website >
Including journals, databases, and local collections.
Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.
A fully operational, entirely student-run 90-seat theatre housed in a neo-gothic church.
Get information, advice and guidance about your career options.
The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.
CSE caters to a diverse range of users from occasional exercisers to international athletes.
Work spaces are available across the University. ECA's computers include software tailored to the disciplines studied here.
At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.
ECAfé provides a full catering service to all staff, students and visitors to Edinburgh College of Art.
EUSA represent the student voice. They provide services, run events, and facilitate student societies.
Information and guidance on financial matters for all students of the University of Edinburgh.
A Georgian garden that doubles as a venue for performances in the centre of the city.
The International Office's mission is to encourage internationalisation, enhance the student experience, create and develop partnerships.
The primary collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and research material.
The workshop facilities include band saws, pillar drills, sanders and wire-cutters.
This model workshop is equipped for constructing architectural models in a wide variety of materials.
By day, a café, bar and study space, and by night a club venue. Potterrow’s dome is also home to the Advice Place and the Potter Shop.
Includes a screen-printing room, relief room, lithography room, process room, intaglio room, and caseroom.
The neo-classical Sculpture Court in the ECA Main Building is home to the many pieces from the Edinburgh Cast Collection, and is regularly used for student exhibitions.
Offering counselling services for students, workshops, consultation and training for staff.
Supporting students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.
Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art Gallery for the University of Edinburgh.
Home to six distinctive bars, Teviot is the oldest purpose built students' union in the world.
A hub for the University Societies and setting regular live music, comedy, spoken word and poetry nights.
A bar at the Lauriston Campus which hosts regular events including club nights and gigs.
Woodworking tools and machinery include laser cutters, a vacuum former, and a 3D scanner and printer.
Scholarships & bursaries
News & events
Yulia Kovanova and Olivia Tutton, who graduated from the Art, Space and Nature programme, presented TONN at Aichi Triennale 2016.
Takahiro Iwasaki has been selected to be at the Japan Pavilion for the 57th annual international exhibition.