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Innovation Design Engineering

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Miles Pennington
Peter Childs
Professor Miles Pennington & Professor Peter Childs

Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) is a double Masters that has been run jointly with Imperial College London for over 35 years. It is a leading-edge, creative product development course that involves experimentation, design, engineering and enterprise activities



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  • Clarissa Kang

    Clarissa Kang

    Before I came to the Royal College of Art, I studied Womenswear at the London College of Fashion. I decided that I wanted to take what I’d learned and apply it to design more broadly. I felt that design was a way of thinking, and that it could therefore be applied to multiple disciplines.

  • Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

    Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

    I did my BA in Biology, in Chile. Before that, I was much more into the arts and architecture, but I had this burning question when I was about 18 years old: how do thoughts emerge from cells? Studying neurons seemed to be the way to find out, so I applied to study at the South American equivalent of University College London. 

  • Ruby Steele

    Ruby Steel, MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2010-12

    I did graphic design at Kingston, graduating in 2008 and then spent a year working in the service design industry but because I didn’t have enough experience, it was difficult for me to get a full-time position.

    Eventually, I got a position as a project manager for an online branding and experiential agency, dealing with clients and budgets but it wasn’t creative at all. Needing to be more creative was the main reason for me applying to IDE.

  • Hideki Yoshimoto

    Hideki Yoshimoto, MPhil Innovation Design Engineering 2010-present

    I did a BA and a Masters, majoring in aeronautics engineering. It was a condensed study, and I was interested in bringing technology to the entertainment field.

    I wanted to keep working in technology in art and design. I preferred to keep studying than working at a company because I had strong passion for reshaping my core interests. I wanted to do a PhD in this and found IDE was a good place to start a new period of study in design.



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