Remo Pedreschi talks about the programme

The mix of spaces and resources, and the blending of traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies, will enable you to explore new boundaries as you develop your understanding of the potentials.

Outline

The MSc in Material Practice is an exciting one-year programme that takes an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the qualities and potential of different physical materials.

Taking in glass, textiles, architectural materials and metals, you’ll be encouraged to explore new boundaries and experiment as you develop and expand your experience in both making and using materials in our state-of-the-art studios.

You’ll have access to an exceptional range of facilities, from our hot glass workshop, textiles print room and dye facilities, to metal workshops, casting spaces and spaces for digital fabrication, including rapid prototyping and CNC laser cutting.

The mix of spaces and resources, and the blending of traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies, will enable you to explore new boundaries as you develop your understanding of the potential of different materials and the impact they could have on your work.

Who should study Material Practice?

Whether you have a background in art, design or architecture, or your skills and experience are in technological-based disciplines, this programme will build on your existing expertise and expand your understanding of both material techniques and collaborative practice.

Programme format

You’ll spend Semester One on collaborations based in various workshops across Edinburgh College of Art. Taking in glass, textiles, metal, architectural materials and digital fabrication, these short projects will help develop your understanding of the individual qualities and behaviours of different materials.

In the second semester, you’ll work on two in-depth collaborative projects that are cross-disciplinary and cross-material in nature. Both will address a contemporary issue through the lens of material practice.

One of the projects typically focuses on The Circular Economy, with students reusing recycled materials such as dredged residue from Scottish Canals (2014/15) and ground glass, aluminium and sisal (2015/16).

There are talks and workshops by guests including Ian Lambert and Mark West, opportunities for collaboration with companies such as Martec Engineering, Ecoscreed and the East African Sisal Company, visits to industry events such as the Textiles Futures Forum, and the chance to participate in special, one-off projects (this year’s was a record-breaking attempt to build a 35m ice bridge in Finland).

The skills you’ll gain throughout the programme will lead you towards the development of a major research project tailored around your own aims and experience, with support and guidance from an appropriate tutor.

Last year, Charlie Patterson’s research project was to develop a technique for 3d printing bespoke garments using silicone. He subsequently developed the process for medical and sports performance/recovery applications, coming second place in the University of Edinburgh’s annual LaunchEd competition for entrepreneurial ideas. 

Top five reasons to choose the programme

  • You’ll draw on the expertise of leading practitioners, researchers and technicians from across ECA. Their guidance and support will prove invaluable as you explore and develop your skills in material practice.
  • You’ll explore both traditional and new materials, processes and technologies, and will develop innovative cross-material solutions to contemporary issues.
  • There are lots of opportunities for collaboration and you’ll learn with students from a range of backgrounds, from the creative arts to technical disciplines.
  • You’ll study in an environment rich in material research and practice, with excellent links to industry.
  • Based in Edinburgh, one of the world’s leading cultural cities, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of a vibrant arts scene, world-renowned festivals and leading galleries and museums. 

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

Prof Remo Pedreschi

Professor of Architectural Technology

Email: R.Pedreschi@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2301


Facilities and resources

A fully equipped hot glass studio containing two furnaces, four glory holes with six benches and four annealing kilns.

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.

Screen-printing facilities, a camera room, a digital fabric printer, and drawing studios with individual workstations.

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


Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Value: £5,000-£15,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate study at Edinburgh College of Art.



Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

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