Our programme integrates design work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series to examine the wider context of your studies. The aim is to encourage and support postgraduate students who wish to explore interior, architectural and spatial design as a means of expressing ideas and opinions.
What you will study
We use the historic city of Edinburgh as focus for our projects. Each year a different building within the city is used as a test bed for ideas. Projects are progressed allowing for research and regular presentation of development work to peers and staff, which encourages discussion and, importantly, self-reflection.
This programme will guide you through your own innovative design projects that finds 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.
Expanding your knowledge
You’ll be encouraged 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 chosen site. Through your choice of electives you will have the opportunity to work with students in other masters programmes throughout the University.
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 Interior Design study at Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level. This will give you access to a wide variety of students and professionals in the field and engagement in events around all things interior, architectural and spatial.
For assessment, MA students produce a body of practical and reflective written work on agreed, self-initiated topics focusing on a given site in Edinburgh.