Design Informatics

The new design informatics course combines your craft with informatics and
those from informatics with design.

Our Design Informatics programmes are advanced, full-time courses
for professionals and recent graduates. They are extremely hands-on,
progressive and designed with industry at their heart. As a student,
you’ll combine cutting-edge design with information hacking to develop
products and services that will transform lives.

There are four programmes available, tailored specifically to two types
of graduate.
 

 

MA / MFA – Design focus

Is your background in design or related art?

This course is your chance to reinvent your craft, deepen your design and
art expertise while working with informaticians.

You will be working on projects and case studies alongside entrepreneurs
and companies to apply your skills to real-life design challenges. This includes building new products and services as well as the next generation of social
media tools. There are no previous coding skills required to be eligible for
this course.

 

APPLY NOW – DESIGN FOCUS:
Edinburgh College of Art

1-year MA in Design Informatics
2-year MFA in Design Informatics

 

MSC – Informatics focus

Is your background in informatics?

This course deepens your informatic skills while broadening your
experience and skills by working with designers.

On this programme you will learn how to build computational systems as
well as the principles of design thinking and making. Through case studies
of real life products, students will apply their knowledge in a practical way,
thus developing an understanding of what it takes to create, design and
take a product to market.

 

APPLY NOW – INFORMATICS FOCUS:
School of Informatics

1-year MSc in Design Informatics
2-year MSc in Advanced Design Informatics

 

 

Student voices

TEI Conference: Dancing Robots Workshop 2014

Students about studying the course
»As an Interior Designer, this MA course offers me how to creatively
expand the dialogue between body and place with current technologies
and how to design theories about life for the future.«
Fabian, MA Student 2013/14

»It really feels like we’re on the frontiers of our discipline and there is
great space and opportunity for exploring and synthesising new and
old practices.«
Fionn, MA

 

 

Design Informatics Studio Space

Students and their projects
Our current students work on a variety of different projects and also have
the opportunity to connect to the Centre's research projects which include
events which have been part of the Edinburgh International Festival and
Future Everything.

Videos will appear on this page shortly where you can see recent student
projects. Update by end of May 2014, thanks for your patience.

 

 

 

Programme

 

MA / MFA Design Informatics course

Term 1
During the first taught part of the course, September to March, students
attend lectures, tutorials and group practicals and acquire the theoretical foundation to enable them to engage in independent research.

Design Informatics Project
The project comprises of a significant design production that should be
creative and experimental in its approach and placed within a critical theo-
retical context. Students are expected to engage in technical as well as
design and cultural concerns. Following this students will undertake their
individual dissertations supervised by a member of academic staff within
the University.

 

MFA Design informatics course

Term 3
In second year, the first semester focusses on project leadership while the
student develops a research proposal which bridges from the placement to
the dissertation project, and revisits case studies in design informatics, this
time leading a team of first year students to revise and extend a project,
normally one of their own choice.

Term 4
The second semester encompasses product design and the dissertation
project, an innovative response to the experience gathered during the
summer placement

 

 

MSC Design Informatics course

Term 1
During the first taught part of the course, September to March, students
attend lectures, tutorials and group practicals and acquire the theoretical foundation to enable them to engage in independent research.

Term 2
Between May and August, students complete the degree by making a
practical application of their knowledge by undertaking a major individual
research project on which they write a dissertation.The project is
normally supervised by a member of academic staff as one of his/her
research interests, with assistance from his/her research team.

 

 

MSC Design informatics course

Term 3
In second year, the first semester focusses on project leadership while the
student develops a research proposal which bridges from the placement to
the dissertation project, and revisits case studies in design informatics, this
time leading a team of first year students to revise and extend a project,
normally one of their own choice.

Term 4
The second semester encompasses product design and the dissertation
project, an innovative response to the experience gathered during the
summer placement.

 

 

Electives
Optional courses can be chosen aside from the compulsary ones.

Example Project Areas

  • Social media that talks
  • The collective intelligence of crowds
  • Domesticating the robot

Course Handbook
Indepth information about the course can be found in our course handbook: Download Course Handbook

 

 

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Facilities & Current programme updates

 

Studios and labs

Facilities & studios
Each student is provided with their own desk space in the T Room studio
situated in Edinburgh College of Art. The studio itself features a 3D printer, hacklab, soldering points and is equiped with a variety of technologies such
as arduino, LEAP motion and 3D projectors. Students also have access to workshops in the Art College such as metal work and woodwork.
Students are also able to access equipment in the Informatics department
which includes a robotics lab.

 

 

 

Game Jam 2014

Postgraduate news
Students are currently finalising their end of year projects, this year's case
study as been with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where students
have been given access to the garden's huge database and each student
has developed work which responds to the gardens and plants themselves.
Projects include a self built laser engraver that burns the data profile of
plants onto themselves and an ontological garden compass for guided
walks, providing different narratives of the gardens.

 

 

Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees
MA, MFA & MSC – Taught programmes
Postgraduate tuition fees (University of Edinburgh)

 

 

 

Funding
More information about funding can be found here:
www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/home

Scholarships
ECA Scholarships
Informatics Scholarships

 

 

FAQ

Do I need to have coding skills as an entry requirement?
If you have coding skills it may be an advantage, but it is definitely
not a necessity as you will be collaborating with informaticians.

 

 

Contact

Questions about Design Informatics?

Please contact Jane Macdonald

email: jane.macdonald@ed.ac.uk
tel: +44 (0) 131 6515 749