MA Heritage and Exhibition Design

Postgraduate, Full-time

Heritage and Exhibition Design MA

Explore the development of public spaces, civic amenities and heritage sites through applied principles of exhibition and display.


The MA Heritage and Exhibition Design will develop your understanding of core aspects of heritage, exhibition, and museum design, as well as site-specific interpretive installations. 

Part of the MA/MFA Design Suite, the course benefits from bringing together designers from a range of disciplines into core modules, as well as modules specific to your chosen pathway including 'Interpretation & Design' and Design for Heritage & Culture'. 

All students complete the Live Project module and you’ll study 'Thinking: Research for Creative Practice', which will help you to determine your Dissertation (MA and MFA) and Major Project (MFA) topics. 

A student exhibition at Edinburgh Napier University Degree Show 2018

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)


1 years

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Course details

This programme aims to develop your interest in, and knowledge and understanding of, design and the visual arts, to enable you to: 
  • Demonstrate knowledge that covers and integrates the key elements, boundaries, terminology and conventions associated with social, cultural, critical and technological aspects of design and the theory and practice of ideas development 
  • Use a significant range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the design and the visual arts 
  • Critically initiate imaginative, innovative and creative design and creative concepts through analysis and reflective practice in creative environments 
  • Use communication and negotiation skills in the proposal of solutions to peers and user groups with different levels of knowledge or expertise 
  • Undertake autonomous and collaborative work in a variety of design contexts including graphic design, lighting design, interaction design, product design and making, heritage and exhibition design

Members of the programme are actively engaged in research, knowledge exchange and/or consultancy work as part of the Art & Design Research Centre (ADRC), as well as professional practice. The programme is supported by the whole Edinburgh Napier design team with Euan Winton’s work particularly relevant to this specialism. Euan is an academic, creative practitioner, light artist and designer exploring design’s capacity for change & empowerment. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Design for Dementia.

You'll study a variety of subjects on the course, including:

  • Design for Heritage and Cultural Spaces 
  • Design Interpretation
  • Light Art and Projection
  • calendar How you’ll be taught The programme uses lectures, workshops, seminars, guest speakers and supported on-line learning in which core knowledge and understanding of design are developed and assessed in tandem with their specific application to your own individual projects.
  • note and pen Assessments Assessment is through studio modules where practice-based student output is collated as a portfolio presentation.
  • briefcase Work placement You will choose a subject specific pathways and develop working linkages with practitioners in complementing fields of expertise that can be extended beyond your studies in professional spheres.
  • library Facilities All design programmes in the School of Arts & Creative Industries are delivered in studio learning environments.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above in an art & design or related discipline (architecture, creative computing & engineering design)

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

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.

English language

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £7,000 £7,280
Overseas £15,150 £15,755

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees.
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships.
The University offers a 10% discount on MSc Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.


Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in: 

  • the heritage and museum sector
  • exhibition design
  • interpretation design