Postgraduate study

Art, Space & Nature

Awards: Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

Programme website: Art, Space & 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.

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AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
Master of Fine ArtArt, Space and Nature21 MonthsFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
MA (eca)Art, Space and Nature1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19

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 and a study proposal 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.

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 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

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

  • PTE(A): 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

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  • 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.

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

  • 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