Taught course

Design Informatics

University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art

Entry requirements

An Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area (at least equivalent to 2:1 Honours classification in the UK). Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module). TOEFL-iBT: Total 92 (at least 20 in each module). PTE(A): Total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections). CPE Grade C; CAE Grade B.

Months of entry


Course content

Design is about the generation, development and testing of concepts. It’s about the creation of physical objects, capabilities or services. Informatics is about structure, behaviour, and interactions. It’s about natural and engineered information processors.

Design Informatics focuses on designing with data. We can harness massive connectivity, analytic power and industrial-strength simulation to design tangible products and intangible services to transform the ways we work, live at home, care for each other, and play. Design Informatics is aimed at the agents of change who want to make a difference through computational thinking and design, to make things better.

Our vision is that Design Informatics can take a lead in designing with data, combining informatics and design, to support the augmented society; just as virtual reality is blending into augmented reality, the digital economy and the information society will evolve into the augmented society. Already, social media tools are increasing the social and economic value that can be generated by extremely varied collections of people. As the products of informatics further augment our society, natural human intelligence will intertwine with vast data-processing power.

These emerging products are revolutionising the means by which social and economic value can be generated. Old divisions and distinctions are shifting and dissolving: designers and users, producers and consumers are working together in new ways to create new value. Design is embracing adaptive devices and services that both learn and teach. At the same time, the fields of design and informatics are being enriched through research by design.

Design Informatics weaves together four threads from each school, with machine learning an overarching theme. For design: product, media, fashion and architecture. For informatics: vision and robotics, interaction, sensor networks, and synthetic biology.

Designers will work alongside informatics entrepreneurs to help build new products and services, including the next generation of social media tools. This degree aims to create a new kind of graduate who can talk the language of technology and design but also has business and entrepreneurship skills. This breadth and focus will allow our graduates to innovate as part of small, influential initiatives or work strategically for leading global companies.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
21 months

Course contact details

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