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Design and Digital Media - MSc / Diploma
Digital media technology is at the heart of modern life. At work, in education, in leisure and entertainment, even in sport, digital tools and devices are everywhere. How we communicate, our social life, the core of our society, is now based on digital media. Design, also, continually shapes contemporary experience. The products and services we use, the environment we inhabit, the information we use, or are presented or bombarded with, are all designed with specific intent. Things that are not themselves digital are commonly designed digitally. This programme deals with the complex relationships between design and digital media.
What you will study
You don’t have to be a designer to study this programme. If you aspire to design, manage, develop software, teach or research in or around the creative industries, this programme could be for you.
You will become part of a lively studio culture, developing techniques and skills in design of, for and with digital media through a series of intensive projects. Group work, peer learning and a strong team ethos are key. Uniquely, we integrate this practice-based approach with examining the role and place of design in our culture and commerce and the ethics and legality of digital systems: providing a rigorous theoretical context for practical work. We also explore the artistic dimensions of design as creative practice.
You will enjoy insights into many other practices and closely related degree programmes, sharing courses and activities in fields including sound design, digital composition and performance, sustainable environmental design and urban design.
Skills and careers
You will develop design projects in, for example, animation, interaction, video and mobile games, the web and social media, e-commerce and entrepreneurship, media installations, performance and more. Our graduates work in all these areas, as well as advertising, education, television and journalism.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- The University and the City. Edinburgh is a vibrant hub of creativity all year round, and especially during the Festival period. The University has a combination of expertise and facilities, in its College of Art, its School of Informatics, and their integration into other areas, that is unrivalled anywhere in Europe.
- Ranked amongst the world’s best. The University of Edinburgh has been ranked 11th in the world in the area of the Arts and Humanities, which includes Edinburgh College of Art.
- Flexibility and choice. Our programme is specifically developed to allow you the opportunity to tailor it to suit your own individual aims and interests, through project options and especially the Final Project, where you can go into real depth on your own choice of topic.
- Integration of theory and practice. Most digital media design programmes focus either on technology design or on media theory; we offer a unique combination of these perspectives.
- International culture. This programme normally attracts over 30 students from across the globe, including China, the USA, the Middle East, Latin America and many other parts of Europe. You will develop friendships and links of lifelong value.
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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.
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The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.
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.
Edinburgh Global's mission is to encourage internationalisation, enhance the student experience, create and develop partnerships.
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A Georgian garden that doubles as a venue for performances in the centre of the city.
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.
Caters to a diverse range of users from occasional exercisers to international athletes.
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.
Scholarships & bursaries
Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate study at Edinburgh College of Art. (£5,000)
For UK applicants to the MSc Design and Digital Media programme. Funds tuition fees and provides a monthly maintenance allowance.
News & events
Rocio returned to ECA to talk to current students about her research interests and her trajectory as a creative practitioner and designer.