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Visual Communication

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Rathna Ramanathan
Dr Rathna Ramanathan

Visual Communication as a discipline is undergoing a massive shift in terms of its vocational positioning and intellectual relevance. At the Royal College of Art, the programme has a long history and vision that has radically examined the place and importance of visual communication in relation to culture and society whilst championing the significance of an interdisciplinary approach to the subject.


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  • Oona Brown

    Oona Brown

    I went to Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and did a BA in Visual Communication. On that course you specialise in graphics, illustration or photography. I initially chose photography, switched to graphics and then settled in illustration, so I kind of bridged all three subjects in the end. You’re going into these unknown specialisms, so you have to go with your gut feeling.

  • Nanette Hoogslag

    Nanette Hoogslag

    I started with a five-year Graphic Design undergraduate degree at the Rietveld Academie in Holland, where I’m from. I enjoyed it very much but the highest accolade would have been making an exhibition of somebody else’s work and I thought, I want to be the one making the pictures. Also, I never properly got to grips with typography, and these were the days before computers, so I thought I’d never be a good graphic designer.

  • Catrin Morgan

    Catrin Morgan

    I went to Leeds Metropolitan to do Fine Art in 2001 and had my own baking business for a while. I worked as an artist but never really found it satisfying – my work was too illustrative and I was more concerned with narrative

  • Livia Lima

    Livia Lima

    I grew up in Brazil, but at 20 moved to New Zealand. After graduating from a BA in Graphic Design in Auckland, I worked for a consultancy and then started my own studio with a friend. The studio was going really well. We had started to win awards and I was art directing but things happened so quickly



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