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Narrative Futures: Art, Data, Society

Narrative Futures: Art, Data, Society

Narrative Futures: Art, Data, Society


We see and shape the world through narrative. The stories that mould our hopes and dreams, that direct our responses to climate change and our economic and political behaviour, are found everywhere: on the page, on the stage and on the screen, in offices, museums and classrooms, in computer labs and in the great outdoors, told by human beings and by algorithms.

On this interdisciplinary programme you will learn how narratives are being transformed in a variety of artistic domains, from creative writing to game design; in different spheres of social life, from digital markets to religious or environmental discourses; and at the frontier of computational developments in artificial intelligence. You will combine hands-on creative and data skills development with research-led theoretical inquiry to help you master the narratives through which human beings perceive and (re)create the world.

Online. On campus. Fusion.

This programme is available full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. You can register for a full MSc, a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Our teaching model allows students to choose to study either online or on-campus at the level of each individual course they take. The only exceptions are international students coming to Edinburgh on a study visa, who are required to take all their courses on-campus due to immigration restrictions.

If you are planning to study mostly or completely on-campus follow the ‘Find out more and apply to study on-campus’ link below. For those planning to to study mostly online, follow the ‘Find out more about online study’ link.

All students – with the exception of those on study visas – will be able to combine modes once they begin their studies at EFI.

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