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Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design - MA



1 year


Our programme integrates design work with theoretical and written studies to question and develop interior, architectural and spatial design thinking. Students undertake a number of core and elective courses throughout the programme, and are required to re-define their own practice within this field as a means of expressing and exploring broader ideas and opinions.  

Each year we use a different site in Edinburgh as a focus for design projects, and combine this site-based approach with briefs that address current global and design-industry issues. You will progress your work using a variety for research methods, design iteration and the presentation of solutions using relevant techniques. Your individual direction of development will be supported by self-reflection and by discussions with staff and peers.  

This programme will require you to look at interior, architectural and spatial design through a number of lenses; and by means of your own innovative design responses to projects, you will find new uses for existing spaces at a variety of scales. Projects require you to work both in groups and individually, on varying aspects of research and design. In the third semester students are also tasked with formulating a way to disseminate their work in progress. This may take the form of a theoretical proposal or a physical display. 

You’ll be encouraged and required to focus on the aspects of interior, architectural and spatial design that you find interesting or personally relevant, and take charge of the direction of your coursework in the context of the given site and briefs. Through your choice of electives you will also have the opportunity to work with students in other programmes throughout the University. You will be expected to develop your existing skills in drawing and presentation, both manually and digitally, to innovatively explore and present your responses to the various lenses through which you will examine interior, architectural and spatial design.  

Staff use their research to inform teaching, and as part of the programme you will belong to the Interior Lab –what we refer to the wider family of staff and students involved in the programme including alumni, undergraduate interior design and PhD students. This unique initiative provides a series of events throughout the year which you are encouraged to attend, including lectures and talks by various industry professionals, as well as alerting you to exhibition and events of interest run by outside agencies.


We have a strong track record of graduates working in interior design and architectural practices both here in the UK and overseas, or setting up their own businesses on completion of the programme. Some graduates have also gone on to undertake further academic study at masters or PhD level in various institutions around the world.

Why you should choose this programme


City as Laboratory: we engage with the historic and contemporary buildings and institutions of the world-renowned city of Edinburgh as sites for design experimentation.


Developing Diverse Skills: you will undertake courses that engage with interior design practices from construction detailing to master-planning, utilising your skills from manifesto writing to digital visualisation.


Theory is Practice: our programme encourages you to think across different media, developing new ideas by working from, writing to drawing, making to debating, and analogue to digital.


A Global Community. Through group working we welcome and encourage conversation between the diverse interior experiences that our students bring from all over the world.


External Engagement: we work together on live projects, and you will share your work with the broader public and industry in various ways.

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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