The programme includes core and optional courses, directed reading, and opportunity for original research, packaged into work units, with engagement in seminars, lectures and video-based learning.

It can be taken over one (full time) or two (part time) years and support and supervision may be provided by any of the teaching staff in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA) and beyond.

Semester One

Researching Visual Cultures

This core course introduces students to the materials and expertise required to conduct postgraduate research. It covers Edinburgh’s extensive range of research resources (print and electronic), as well as archives, special collections and the academic context of the institution (such as seminar series, public lectures, postgraduate conferences and journals).

The course familiarises students with the skills necessary to embark on their postgraduate research, and to recognise the research methodologies that these resources serve so they can lead to effective research strategies.

Media and Culture

This is an introduction to the intellectual context in which digital design and innovation takes place. The core course provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the dynamic and ever-changing, highly reflective world of digital media, and contribute with your own discoveries and insights.

We encourage you to use blogs, videos and online social media to develop your thinking during the course. There’s a media component to this course. In the ever changing world of online media we are expected to present ourselves via text and image. The course will also help you develop skills in self presentation via online video.

Research Reading Course A

This is a directed reading course for examining theoretical and philosophical issues pertaining to social media, culture, computing, visual and interaction design, sound design, music, film, visuality or other areas agreed between the student and a supervisor. Students may be required to participate in seminars.

Research Reading Course A may be substituted with an Option Course from the following list…

Option Courses List A

• Introduction to Digital Design

• 3D and Animated Design

• Interactive Visual Design

• Sound Design Media

• Sonic Structures

• Film Theory and Criticism

Other postgraduate courses offered by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences may be included, subject to approval from the Programme Director.

Semester Two

Digital Media and Culture Research Report

This is a supervised programme of self-directed research examining theoretical and philosophical issues pertaining to digital media and culture. Students may be required to participate in seminars.

Digital Media and Culture Research Report may be substituted with an Option Course from Option Courses List B (see below).

Research Review

This is a supervised programme of self-directed research, with particular emphasis on surveying contemporary developments in digital media. Students may be required to participate in seminars.

Research Review may be substituted with two Option Courses from Option Courses List B (see below).

Option Courses List B

• Dynamic Web Design

• Digital Media Studio Project

• Digital Playgrounds for the Online Public

• Innovation-driven Entrepreneurship

• Game Design Studio

• Interactive Sound Environments

• Sound and Fixed Media

Other postgraduate courses offered by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences may be included, subject to approval from the Programme Director.

Research Reading Course B

This is a directed reading course for examining theoretical and philosophical issues pertaining to media, culture, computing, visual and interaction design, sound design, music, film, visuality or other areas agreed between the student and a supervisor. Students may be required to participate in seminars.

Final Project: Digital Media and Culture Dissertation

This is a major project involving research into digital media and culture. Work can commence in Semester Two, though approval to proceed will depend on the outcome of the Examination Board meeting at the end of the semester. Work should continue to the August submission date.


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