MA / MDes Environmental Graphics

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Gain creative, professional, contextual and strategic skills that can be used to design creative outcomes and develop a digital portfolio.

  • Napier code:

    54760MM

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Award:

    MA / MDes

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

The MA/MDes Environmental Graphics explores image and text that can be experienced in public spaces.

Responding to critically informed themes, you will create and manipulate graphic outcomes and site specific installations that inform, inspire and delight onlookers and audiences.

You will have the opportunity to shape your own ideas, concepts and theories through a self-directed Major Project, informed by design research and critical enquiry.


environmental graphics

In specialist modules you will develop specific skills and knowledge, which will inform and enable highly developed design outcomes in your self-directed major project.

You can choose between an exhibition design or advertising module both of which allow for collaboration with practitioners from other areas.

You have the option of taking an MA or MDes award, depending on whether you complete a dissertation or design project report in your final trimester.

We have a strong studio culture supported by our multidisciplinary staff team of academics and industry based practitioners, and the programme is closely linked to the Centre for Design Practice and Research.

Subjects Include

  • Design Research Methods
  • Graphics
  • Design or Concept Creation
  • Interpretative Design
  • Major Design Project
  • For MDes Degree - Design Project Report
  • For MA Degree - Design Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

With a physical and digital/online portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates could apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures. You may also wish to continue study to MPhil or PhD level.

Edinburgh Napier has strong industry links and often involve students in projects undertaken in our Centre for Design Practice & Research.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above with a background in any degree subject. All candidates are interviewed with a portfolio of creative work. Applicants from overseas can be interviewed by teleconference with an online portfolio.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU £3,750 £5,850
Overseas £12,620 £13,000

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