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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.84k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13.9k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    This forward thinking and flexible programme is part of a disciplinary suite embracing the increasingly trans-disciplinary activities of the design profession and contemporary creative practice, while concurrently allowing you to refine and enhance skills within graphic design and art direction.

    At the outset of the programme you will develop and apply a range of research methods in redefining your own design practice and creative outlook. You will further develop specific skills for motion graphics and art direction which will inform and enable highly developed outcomes in your self-directed major project work.This will also allow you to collaborate and make professional contacts with practitioners from other areas, including those in the advertising and film. You also have the option of taking an MA or MDes award, depending on whether you complete a dissertation or design project report in trimester 3.

    The two part major project allows you to create and develop design outcomes within your own area of interest and further enhance and apply your subject specific skills and knowledge.

    We have a strong studio culture supported by our multidisciplinary staff team of academics and industry based practitioners. You will be able to develop creative, professional, strategic and contextual knowledge and skills and apply design thinking to a range of creative outcomes and design interventions.

    This course will advance your knowledge in design research methods, graphic design and related software and develop new professional skills to a high level. Youll be able to deal with complex issues within design, make informed judgements and communicate your conclusions clearly to professional audiences. You will also gain transferable skills in problem solving, planning, leadership, team work and time management.

    * Graphic Design and Art Direction
    * Motion Graphics and Moving Image Design
    * Web and Interface Design
    * Branding and Packaging Design
    * Advertising
    * Illustration

    This course is taken full-time over 3 trimesters (12 months). Youll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials studio projects and independent study.

    Trimester 1

    Design Research Methods; Major Project (part 1); Motion Graphics

    Trimester 2

    Major Project (part 2); Agency Placement or Campaign Creation

    Trimester 3

    Design Dissertation (for MA award) or Design Project Report (for MDes award)

    On offer
    We offer a thriving multidisciplinary learning environment in which active research and innovative teaching methods, coupled with excellent studio resources, combine to encourage your postgraduate study and help you realise your full potential.

    The course is supported by:

    * Your own dedicated cross-disciplinary studio space
    * A team of experienced design academics and part-time practitioners
    * Digital studios with a range of design software and CAD packages
    * The Centre for Design Practice and Research

    This course is based at Merchiston Campus in the lively Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh. The campus is well catered for by local amenities including cafes and bars, and is a short walk from the beautiful Meadows Park. Merchiston Campus is a unique blend of the past and present. It is home to modern computing facilities as well as the 13th century Napier Tower.

    The beautiful city of Edinburgh is home to the Worlds largest arts festival and with some of the best galleries and museums in the UK it is a truly inspirational place to study design.

    Many design, media and architectural practices are located in and around Edinburgh and we use our excellent links with industry to help develop your professional skills. We have a global outlook and value highly the diversity of our overseas students. The wonderful creativity of our students is celebrated at our annual Degree Show, with follow-up shows in London.

    Campus life
    Engineers, computer scientists and a few creative students call Merchiston Campus home but its unrivalled, centrally located facilities mean most students stop by once in a while. Here youll find the award-winning Jack Kilby Computing Centre, where 500 PCs are available 24/7.

    World class facilities
    * An online working environment, giving you instant access to lecture notes, coursework, exams and reading lists
    * 24-hour access to the Jack Kilby Computing Centre
    * State of the art campuses
    * Strong links with industry
    * High employment rates among our graduates
    * Links to universities world-wide
    * Fully-networked library services
    * Specialist staff to support learning, language development or personal issues
    * A personal development tutor

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    You will normally have an undergraduate degree or evidence of significant industry experience, which can also be taken into account for any exemptions (RPL). Applicants with a PG Cert. or PG Dip. in an appropriate discipline may be also considered for exemptions or articulation. Applications from those with a DipAD pre-dating honours degrees in art & design are welcomed. All candidates are interviewed with a portfolio of creative work or technical/business projects. Applicants from overseas can be interviewed by teleconference with an online portfolio.If your first language is not English you will usually have to take an English language test, unless you studied your undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language. Otherwise, we ask for evidence that you have the correct level of English language competency. The English language tests and scores we accept are: * IELTS with a score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 * TOEFL with a score of 75 or above * Pearsons Test of Academic English with a score of 50 or above English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 75 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    We have a selection of funding opportunities available such as the UK postgraduate tuition fee loan (Scottish & EU) and specific scholarships aimed at student from India and across Africa.

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