Graphic Design - MFA/MA

Programme video: Graphic Design

Graphic Design


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


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Pet Shop Boys Symposium badges, designed by Bond Agency
Pet Shop Boys Symposium badges, designed by Bond Agency
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