Programme video: Product Design - MA
Edinburgh College of Art

Our programme focusses a lot on observation; we watch people, we talk to people, we participate with people, and we make objects that are intermediate in the design process - prototypes and models.


This programme will not be running in the 2019/20 academic year.

Our MA programme is guided by a questioning stance, one which considers possibility and the creation of a sustainable future through the critical and creative exploration of a range of approaches to product design.

Our students are taught to be thinkers: to be aware of the issues, problems, developments and opportunities in the world around them, and of the current challenges facing people, society, business and the planet.

In this programme, you will use your initiative to generate useful, innovative, sustainable, thought-provoking and commercially-viable design solutions.

We encourage our postgraduate students to create visions and challenges to the way we live. We are educating not only problem-solvers but also opportunity-seekers, and we hope our students will become the designers, thinkers and makers who will positively shape the world we inhabit.

How will you be taught?

We teach cutting-edge methods of design research, enabling our students to create new knowledge and discover unique, genuine problems and opportunities for design.

You will be taught how to apply a variety of research methods in order to fully explore and understand an area of investigation, and how to develop opportunities through an iterative design process into innovative, useful, sustainable and thought-provoking products.

Our teaching embraces the generation of original and experimental ideas and the creation of product prototypes in response to environmental, social, physical, psychological or economic needs and opportunities discovered through research. 


We offer opportunities to creatively experiment with materials and processes, to promote debate through critically conceptual, speculative design, and to discover and solve genuine problems with innovative, research-led solutions.


The professional knowledge, skills and abilities developed on this programme will prepare you for a rewarding career as a product/industrial designer, designer-maker, user-experience designer, user-interface designer, design manager, production manager, or a variety of other related roles within design-related industries.

Our graduates have an excellent track record moving into employment in a variety of sectors following graduation.

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


Arno Verhoeven

Senior Tutor, School of Design

Programme Director, Product Design


Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5808

Facilities and resources

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

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

The Textiles workshops are equipped for traditional flat-bed screenprinting, digital printing and fabric dyeing.

These facilities are provided for both cold and hot casting processes, allowing you to work on small as well as large-scale pieces.

This large wood workshop hosts a huge range of machinery and hand tools for the cutting, shaping, and general fabrication of woods, as well as metals, plastics, and cardboard.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2019
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship

  • Deadline: Deadline 1 May 2018
  • Value: £8,000
  • Eligibility: Applicants must either be a current ECA Undergraduate School of Design student or recent undergraduate alumni (within 5 years of graduation) of the School of Design.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086