Five reasons to choose the programme

Access multidisciplinary expertise: you will learn from a range of established disciplinary figures with expertise in collaborative and multidisciplinary creative practice. 
Learn from real world contexts: our projects encourage responses to place-specific or site-informed practice in often complex environmental settings.
Integrate theory and practice: our courses emphasise the importance of reflective practice as a process to integrate current theory, with personal research and practice.
Expand your international perspective: the programme offers opportunities to study within an international network of staff and students.
Construct a personal pathway: our programme offers flexibility to construct a set of course options that respond to personal aspirations and utilise world class resources.

Outline

The Art, Space and Nature - MFA/MA programme offers a multidisciplinary framework to explore the complex intersections between creative practice, spatial theory and environmental issues, as a critical response to the world around us.

It is structured through a series of contextual assignments to assert the values of real world engagement and issue-led practice, interrelated with theory and skill-based learning, allowing you to consider both the theoretical and practical context of your work.

Multidisciplinary studies enable you to explore comparative modes of creative methods and techniques, to equip you with a greater range of knowledge and skills to engage complex environmental contexts.

We attract students from a range of creative and cultural backgrounds, providing a rich internationally diverse group, who develop as culturally astute, politically aware and visually perceptive individuals.

Travel is encouraged to explore comparative regional contexts, to establish a sophisticated global perspective on current environmental issues, preparing you to enter the increasingly dynamic fields of creative and cultural industries, or advanced doctoral research.

How you will study

The programme provides regular teaching input covering art, architecture and landscape planning, complemented by seminars in cultural geography, social media and environmental theory. This offers a dynamic learning process to engage ideas across varying contextual and disciplinary boundaries, leading to fresh insights and new ways of thinking that inform advanced modes of visual and spatial practice.

Our studio is enhanced by two integrated gallery spaces, offering project spaces with a street interface and an internal cinema space, providing a unique resource to test innovative ideas. You will benefit from a range of professionally-aligned projects that are hosted in these spaces, and direct contact with established researchers and practitioners, providing a platform to share ideas and project opportunities through regular lively events.

Careers

This programme carries a high degree of prestige based on our reputation to educate a new generation on the values and skills of interdisciplinary practice currently in demand across the creative industries.

The portfolio and expertise developed through this programme will demonstrate a significant breadth and depth of creative skills to bring new and informed conceptual thinking to any space, site or landscape.


How to apply and entrance 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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Staff

Donald Urquhart

Reader in Art Space Nature - MFA/MA

Email: d.urquhart@ed.ac.uk


Facilities and resources

Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.

Carving and mould-making facilities, a ceramics kiln, and casting amenities for bronze and aluminium.

Welding torches, a forge, forming and shaping tools, and a 1-ton gantry crane with access to main workshop areas.

The workshop facilities include band saws, pillar drills, sanders and wire-cutters.

Includes a screen-printing room, relief room, lithography room, process room, intaglio room, and caseroom.

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




Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086