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Interdisciplinary Creative Practices MScR

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MSc by Research Interdisciplinary Creative Practices - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc by Research Interdisciplinary Creative Practices - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Contact information
Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Office
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5739
Dr Sophia Lycouris (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5850
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Office
The University of Edinburgh
Evolution House, Grassmarket
Central Campus

This is a unique programme of study that responds to emerging practices that work across diverse disciplines in the creative arts, humanities and physical and social sciences.

The programme is predicated on the understanding that the convergent nature of information and communication technologies has facilitated the adoption of methods from across disciplines, but recognises that practitioners often require a deeper appreciation and experience of such methods to assure their ability to undertake such practice.

The programme also recognises that potential students may have completed their initial studies in an academic domain and seek to situate that subject knowledge within creative practice.

Entry requirements

We normally expect students to enter with at least a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK. The subject discipline is not as important as aptitude for critical thinking and commitment to interdisciplinary study.

In special cases equivalent experience may be considered as an alternative for part or all of the requirement. Prospective students might have had experience as creative practitioners beginning to engage interdisciplinary working methods or have completed study in a specific subject and now seek to apply that knowledge through creative practice.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit two references with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

Research degrees are based on independent study determined by proposals for research projects submitted by candidates. For research proposal guidance please see:

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Programme description

Based in a lively studio environment, drawing on resources within the University and Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), the programme introduces students to a wide range of disciplines and associated methods within a critical framework that encourages reflective experimentation.

Students are encouraged to work autonomously and collaboratively and are offered the opportunity to study with others in subject specialisms from across the rich and diverse courses offered by the University and ECA. This provision is negotiated with the prospective student from the outset to ensure an appropriate fit and the viability of the overall programme of the student's study.

Programme structure

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and practice based studio activity.

Projects encourage original thinking and independence achieved within a framework of individual and collaborative creative practice.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • acquire a broadly based foundation in the methods and practices of a number of disciplines
  • develop their ability to work autonomously and collaboratively, across disciplines
  • develop understanding of the potential for new technologies and their new creative uses
  • develop appropriate strategies for working creatively across disciplines
  • demonstrate understanding of the cultural and creative value of interdisciplinary working methods
  • find an analytical and critical framework to develop fresh thinking in creative practice
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