Five reasons to choose the programme

This is one of the only programmes of its kind in the world.
You will work in a dynamic and stimulating environment with creative students and staff at all career stages.
You will be able to engage with digital media as both a means of research and a research output.
You will gain training in postgraduate research methods and be able to test your appetite for further study.
You will develop a publicly accessible portfolio of digital works.


Digital technologies are increasingly central to how we access, interpret and share a range of media: how we relate to each other and to the world around us. Digital Studio Practice is a way of working that deploys digital media as both a means and output of research.

If you have a background in digital media, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, interaction design, composition, architecture or art and design practice, this programme could be for you. We will encourage and enable you to extend your expertise in the field through a series of practical, research-led projects.

What you will study

We provide a dynamic environment encouraging interaction between creative students and staff who share the same interests. You will work collaboratively with others to develop skills in conceptualising and implementing creative projects that make extensive use of digital media.

We will enable you to contribute knowledgeably and critically to debates on digital media, developments in the field and their social, cultural and theoretical contexts and impacts. As well as digital studio practice, you will gain training in postgraduate research methods and undertake a series of optional lecture-based courses, reading courses and a final project.

Studying for an MSc in Digital Studio Practice will allow you to undertake research involving the production of installations, compositions, art works, designs, constructions, performances and other creative outputs that deploy digital media, depending on your area of interest.

You will develop a publicly accessible portfolio of digital works, enhancing your presence in the marketplace and within academia. You will also have the opportunity to test your aptitude and interest for further study in the area, such as a PhD.

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

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for postgraduate study

Preparing your application

Common to all research programmes are a set of research aims, a research context, a research process and a research product/outcome. The research proposal should include reference to all of these elements. All applicants for postgraduate research programmes must submit a research proposal.

Portfolios or writing samples are also required for some research degrees.

View the Architecture and Landscape Architecture guidelines (PDF)


Prof Richard Coyne

Professor of Architectural Computing

REF Coordinator for UoA 13


Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2332

Facilities and resources

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

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

A Virtual Learning Environment enabling you to log in 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Scholarships and bursaries

ECA PG Masters Scholarships

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086