Taught course

Design Informatics

Institution
University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art
Qualifications
MAMFA

Entry requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any subject relevant to themes within design informatics.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Design informatics combines data science with design thinking in a context of critical enquiry and speculation. We build a value-aware, reflective practice at the interface between data and society by combining theory and research with an open-ended process of making and hacking.

Human activity is being constantly shaped by the flow of data and the intelligences that process it, moving towards an algorithmically mediated society. Design informatics asks how we can create products and services within this world, that learn and evolve, that are contextualised and humane. It asks questions about what we should create, speculating about the different futures we might be building and the values behind them.

The central premise is that data is a medium for design: by shaping data, we shape the world around us. Data science provides the groundwork for this, with design thinking underpinning reflective research through design. You will use this in working with the internet of things and physical computing, machine learning, speech and language technology, usable privacy and security, data ethics, and block chain technologies. You will connect technology with society, health, architecture, fashion, bio-design, craft, finance, tourism, and other real world contexts, through case studies, and individual and collaborative projects. You will understand user experience in the wider sociocultural context, through an agile programme of hacking, making and materialising new products and services.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

MFA

full time
21 months

Course contact details

Name
Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Email
cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 650 4086