Postgraduate study

Art, Space and Nature Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

Awards: Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Art, Space and Nature

This programme considers the relationships between various creative disciplines to provide a framework of advanced study where you can develop practical and academic interest in the visual arts and architectural and environmental practice.

The programme attracts a multidisciplinary group, primarily of artists, architects and designers, who wish to develop interdisciplinary skills in response to complex environmental issues.

A major objective of the programme is to expand your personal development by introducing new modes of practice through direct engagement with site-specific projects and installations. Its principal focus is site-informed spatial exploration and project development, where you will be provided with a project base from which to address varying scales of contemporary issues, from embodied and sensory values, site and place making and cultural landscapes, to carbon innovation and environmental change.

The programme is primarily studio based, with students benefiting from one-to-one teaching and small group critiques. Inter-related project and reflective courses provide a correlation between practice and theory, while encouraging you to professionally integrate research, creative practice and contemporary cultural theory as a pathway for individual development.

Through regular group seminars each student is compelled to position their personal approach in respect of the broad multidisciplinary expertise of the group, reinforcing individual, disciplinary perspectives through enriched understanding.

Programme tutors are practising artists, architects and landscape architects, complemented by a wide range of disciplinary input from across the humanities and social and physical sciences. We have excellent relationships with a wide range of institutions such as the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, An Lanntair Gallery in the Western Isles and the RSPB ‘Flows to the Future’ project. We also link with scientific centres across the University through the Biological Architecture Lab and the Queen’s Medical Research Institute.

A range of our activities can be viewed at our Programme Blog.

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We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
Master of Fine ArtArt, Space and Nature21 MonthsFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MA (eca)Art, Space and Nature1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

The locus and form of set projects will change annually according to available opportunities. The learning outcomes of individual modules are constant within these different contexts.

Outcomes of project work are shown in exhibitions and presentations which are co-organised by the students.

Through our range of excellent contextual projects you will develop a portfolio of advanced practical work addressing a range of contemporary issues while being underpinned with theoretical insights.

The programme carries a high degree of prestige based on our reputation to educate a new generation on the values and skills of interdisciplinary practice currently in demand across the creative industries.

The portfolio and expertise developed through this programme will demonstrate a significant breadth and depth of creative skills to bring new and informed conceptual thinking to any space, site or landscape.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

You must submit a portfolio of recent work as part of your application.

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

(Revised 29.10.2019 to remove the requirement for a study proposal.)

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
Master of Fine ArtArt, Space and Nature21 MonthsFull-timeTuition fees
MA (eca)Art, Space and Nature1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Postgraduate Admissions Office
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 57 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JU

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.

You must submit one reference with your application.

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. You won't be able to submit your portfolio immediately, but you'll receive an email prompt within a few days of submitting your application that will explain how to upload your portfolio.

The portfolio should principally demonstrate creative work from your previous programme of study – e.g. final undergraduate project.

We also look for examples of work beyond that core discipline, e.g. a small portfolio of photographs or drawings, as it is important to demonstrate a wider interest in creative practice beyond that required from undergraduate studies alone.

The portfolio must demonstrate an interest in landscape, or the natural world, which maps onto the ecological ethos of the programme.

There is no set number of images or works required, but we encourage you to include sufficient images in the portfolio to show the full range of your recent creative activity.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Postgraduate Admissions Office
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 57 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JU