Graphic Design - MFA/MA

Programme video: Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Outline

The Postgraduate Graphic Design programme encourages its students to take a risk, to test the boundaries of the discipline and push their design ideas beyond personally predetermined limits. The strong international student input at postgraduate level at Edinburgh College of Art, ensures these highly talented individuals bring much experience and encourage wide-ranging thinking to the studio experience. Students will develop an enhanced research and design proposal, culminating in a showcase of their body of work at our annual ECA Degree Show (for MFA students).

What you will study

Students on the programme are actively encouraged to challenge their existing research and design knowledge and develop new skills and networks within and outwith their subject discipline. Postgraduate students should challenge the status quo, experiment and explore as part of their daily activity. Independent study is paramount yet underpinned by a number of supporting projects, workshops and events. We expect collaboration within the School of Design, with the creative industries and where appropriate with external clients in order that students realise personal and project possibilities to the full. Being part of the University of Edinburgh allows access to collaborations with groundbreaking research projects.

Communication is an essential Graphic Design tool and this is explored at every level through one to one tutoring and seminar presentations. Your ideas will be tested in very public situations - this year on television with the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and in the Central Library.

Research environment

Initially students will focus on the research and development of their study proposal. With support from our dynamic team of experienced tutors (all industry practitioners or researchers) students are encouraged to expand on any preconceived ideas and let their findings dictate future development. We expect our postgraduate students to engage in sophisticated design dialogue with tutors as a means of pushing their ideas to reach their full potential. There is a rich hotbed of debate and prototyping before any designs are taken forward into production.

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Student work

Staff

Zoe Patterson, Programme Director | View staff profile >

Lecturers

Mary Asiedu | View staff profile >

Beverley Hood | View staff profile >

Mike Inglis | View staff profile >

Marco Scerri

Mike Windle | View staff profile >

Technical support

Steve McDonald | View staff profile >

Brian Park | View staff profile >

Facilities

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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.

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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.

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A hub for the University Societies and setting regular live music, comedy, spoken word and poetry nights.

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Woodworking tools and machinery include laser cutters, a vacuum former, and a 3D scanner and printer.

Scholarships & bursaries

Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate study at Edinburgh College of Art. (£5,000)

News & events

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ECA Intermedia Department and NET WT
ECA Intermedia Department and NET WT
Image courtesy of Astrid Jaekel

Over 55 stallholders sold their work at the Artists' Book and Zine Fair which took place in March.

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Pet Shop Boys Symposium badges, designed by Bond Agency
Pet Shop Boys Symposium badges, designed by Bond Agency
Bond Agency is made up of students from ECA's Graphic Design programme
Photograph by Glyn Davis

On the 24th and 25th March 2016, a symposium on the music and career of the Pet Shop Boys took place in ECA's School of Design.

Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086

Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk