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Design Informatics - MA



1 year


Design Informatics brings together scientific data processing with creative concept development. Our Design Informatics programmes are advanced, full-time courses for professionals and recent graduates. They are extremely hands-on, progressive and designed with industry at their heart. 

As a student, you’ll learn to unlock the power of big data, harness massive connectivity, analytic power and industrial-strength simulation to design products and services that will transform lives. You’ll learn to work as part of a team, you’ll be challenged to think differently, and you’ll work to overcome 'real world' challenges. 

Three programmes  

There are three programmes available, which have been tailored specifically to two types of graduate. 

At ECA, our MA programme is for people from a design background, focusing on design, products, media, fashion and architecture.

Our collaborators in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh run the two programmes for people from a computing background. They focus on informatics, vision and robotics, speech and language technology, sensor networks and machine learning. They are:   

MSc Design Informatics (one year, full-time) 

MSc Advanced Design Informatics  (two years, full-time) 

Each programme comprises a series of courses which bring together students from both backgrounds: design and programming. You will collaborate across both streams to develop digital, physical and networked artefacts that challenge what we know about connecting design and data. You will study a combination of core courses, electives that you will be able to follow on your own, a personally defined dissertation and a final project. In this way, you’ll develop the skills to apply your learning to a whole range of challenges. 

Advanced study  

If you choose to study one of our advanced programmes (MSc Advanced Design Informatics), you’ll also participate in a placement with a leading creative or digital organisation over the middle summer before extending your research focus in the second year with additional courses and a longer, more in-depth dissertation. 

Getting hands-on  

These programmes are all about participation and getting involved. As a student, you’ll take part in regular talks, workshops and debates with a whole range of high-profile speakers. You’ll enjoy film screenings and game jams and attend regular ‘creative picnics’ with industry partners, along with conferences, exhibitions and festivals where you’ll be expected, not only to attend, but to exhibit. 

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Why you should choose this programme


Data is changing the way we live, work and play. Join one of our Design Informatics programmes and you'll become part of a group of graduates, empowered to challenge data’s role in cultures and design, leading new data futures across a wide field of application.


The experience you’ll gain with us will develop your confidence and leadership skills, your ability to work collaboratively, problem solve and embrace and promote change in this dynamic field.


Whether you are from a design or computing background, you will collaborate with innovators across all three Design Informatics programmes.


You will participate in regular creative events that push the boundaries of established ways of working, allowing to test, create and invent new forms of data practice.


You will have the chance to showcase your ideas and solutions at conferences, exhibitions and festivals.

How to apply and entry requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance.

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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 650 4086

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