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The University of Edinburgh: Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Edinburgh College of Art
Study type Taught


The main aim of this programme is to support you in establishing your own definitions and approaches to the diverse and controversial subjects of interior, space and design.

Addressing and questioning current spatial, interior and architectural theory, alongside the development of creative design projects, you will develop the theoretical and design skills needed for you to practice that definition.

You will be encouraged to:

  • question, provoke and expand current thinking

  • address key contemporary issues in the field such as equality, diversity, inclusion and sustainability

  • investigate your own innovative design solutions that address the future of interior, architectural and spatial design

Our programme is composed of students from various countries and backgrounds, allowing all to benefit from multiple viewpoints on the subject.

Design projects

We use Edinburgh as a focus for our projects, and define interiors in the context of the city. Each year we base the design projects within a particular site, often belonging to a key institution.

You will:

  • explore the design potential of this by proposing new uses for old or redundant spaces relating to the site

  • engage with the given building through a variety of research and analysis methods, to support your iterative design process and theoretical development

  • work on design projects of varying scale and complexity

  • develop your interior practice within a professional context

  • be supported by engagement with relevant industry codes; but at the same time, we encourage you to find innovative and abstract design solutions

  • look at the subject through varying lenses from an urban to a material and detail scale

  • be expected to have a robust working knowledge of digital and manual drawing skills in both 2 and 3-dimensions to support the creation and presentation of your work

Self-directed study

Working with our experienced staff, you will be required to take charge of the direction of your coursework, and undertake self-directed study.

On completion of the course, you will be expected to produce a reflective body of work summarising your journey and development as a Master of Interior, Architectural and Spatial Design.


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