Intermedia Lecturer Susan Mowatt outlines the programme.
Edinburgh College of Art

"Installation, performative art, video, text, context specific, post-studio, new media, ambient are all associated with the strategies embedded within Intermedia. The programme naturally encourages students to test boundaries and to introduce new vocabularies into the artistic conversation."


Intermedia is the only undergraduate degree programme in the UK that focuses explicitly upon the conjoining of media specifics prevalent within contemporary art and investigates the areas of artistic practice that lie between media.

The programme encourages students to consider contemporary artistic practice in its broadest sense and validates many approaches to working and existing as an artist. It provides an appropriate learning and teaching environment to enable this and encourages students to find the right form to carry individual ideas, the appropriate platform to disseminate their work and appropriate audiences to present to.

How you will be taught

Students can work broadly across a number of different and overlapping areas that may include sound, object making, installation, performance, video, zines and publications. There is a huge diversity of approach to making art both within the student cohort and within the staff teaching on the programme. Recent graduates have worked with music, song, movement, gesture, scriptwriting, talking, poetry and walking.

The programme is taught through a mixture of one-to-one tutorials, group tutorials, seminars with visiting artists, technical workshops, and intensive studio critiques. All these elements are designed to allow a critical and experimental approach to art-making.

In Stage 2 of the programme, methods and approaches are introduced through a series of projects that focus upon an archeology of making. Initially students look towards what may constitute an artwork, they then go on to consider different media approaches relevant to Intermedia (sound, video, light, performance, collaboration, for example). The emphasis then shifts towards more cogently introducing context and the idea of the ‘Mise-en-scene’. There are seminars which address the White Cube as a Gesture, immersive environments and Black Cube, ambient art, and social practices.

Across the School of Art, in Stages 3 and 4, students work with a greater independence and outside of a project structure. In these stages of study specialist workshops, external projects and Project Space critiques are the fulcrum of Intermedia programme study. Students are progressively asked to position themselves within contemporary art practice and are actively encouraged to think of this as an expanded practice: one which can challenge preconceptions of what Art is.

Recent visitors to Intermedia have included: Monster Chetwynd, Heath Bunting, Stephen Sutcliffe, Sue Tompkins, Rachel Maclean, David Sherry, Tessa Lynch, Hanna Tuulikki, Alec Finlay, Jenny Hogarth, Laura Aldridge, Lee Patterson, Sian Robinson Davies, Tom Nolan, Andrew Gannon, Aurélien Froment, Isla Leaver-Yap, Neil Bromwich, and the Rhubaba Choir.

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to

  • see the structure of the programme and what you will study each year
  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about fees
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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

If you’re applying to study on one of our Art or Design degree programmes, you’ll also be required to submit a mini portfolio. Our application guide explains what you need to submit and by when.

Art & Design: How to Apply application guide (PDF)

If you have any questions about the application process, our Undergraduate Admissions Office will be happy to help you.

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Susan Mowatt

Senior lecturer, Art

Programme Director, Intermedia Art


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5893

Facilities and resources

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

Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, our painting studios provide a bright and airy space for working in.

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

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

The Photography Suite provides facilities and studios for students to gain a grounding in nearly all aspects of photography including process and developing as well as printing of photographs.

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.


College of Humanities & Social Science Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565