Postgraduate study

Interior Design

Awards: MA (eca)

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

Programme website: Interior Design

Covering the study and design of interior spaces in relation to a wide range of public and private environments, this programme will guide you through innovative design projects that will enable you to explore the design potential of existing buildings and find new uses for old or redundant spaces through the design of contemporary insertions.

You’ll be encouraged to focus on the aspects of interior design that you find most interesting or personally relevant, and take charge of the direction of your coursework.

Visits from industry practitioners, along with our strong links with commercial design consultancies and architectural practices, are invaluable in providing opportunities for additional expert advice and critical appraisal.

This programme integrates practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series to examine the wider context of your studies. The aim is to encourage and support postgraduate students who wish to explore interior design as a means of expressing ideas and opinions.

Projects are based within existing historic buildings in Edinburgh, usually in need of regeneration and often significant to communities or the wider city. There is also an element of exhibition design to the programme, whereby in the last semester you will be responsible for the design and construction of the ECA Interiors show at the Free Range Exhibition in London.

For assessment, you will produce a body of practical and written work on an agreed, self-initiated topic. This may include set projects within the programme curriculum.

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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
MA (eca)Interior Design1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2017/18

We have an enviable track record of success as our graduates gain interior design work here in the UK and overseas, or set up their own businesses.

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject such as interior design, interior architecture, architecture, landscape architecture, product design or 3D design. A

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio can include:

  • interiors, architectural, landscape or product projects, as well as other artworks
  • a range of media and arenas of enquiry
  • unfinished development work as well as finished projects   Selection will be made on four key criteria:

  • research and conceptual ambition: what are the big ideas driving your work?

  • development: how have you developed those ideas in your project work?
  • resolution: how have projects been resolved and communicated?
  • awareness: what do you consider interior design to be, and where does your work sit within the discipline?

We may also consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • 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)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX

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.

You must submit a 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.

As part of your portfolio, you are encouraged to include a personal video, no more than 2 minutes long, talking about your best piece of work. As part of the application process, you might also be invited to interview via phone or Skype.

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

Further information

  • Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
  • College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Hume Tower, George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JX