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Dr Danielle Barrios-O’Neill appointed Head of Programme for MA Information Experience Design

Danielle’s appointment to Head of Programme for our MA Information Experience Design comes after an international search with the opportunity to interview some outstanding candidates and she will take up her post in mid-October 2020.

Danielle joins the RCA from Falmouth University, where she has held the position of Course Leader and Research Programme Lead in the field of post-disciplinary arts and entrepreneurship, with particular focus on multiplatform narrative and serious play. She has held previous academic positions at Ulster University and University of Georgia. 

Danielle said that against a backdrop of systemic global challenges, artists have a key role in influencing the direction of societal change, by exploring and reimagining how we experience the world:

'I’m thrilled to be joining RCA as Head of Programme for MA Information Experience Design, not least because IED fundamentally influences how we think, live, work and connect with one another, making it essential for designing better futures. I am greatly looking forward to building on the inspiring work already done within the programme, and being part of the creative and intellectual community of the RCA.'

Professor Naren Barfield, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at the RCA said:

'I look forward to welcoming  Dr Danielle Barrios-O’Neill to the RCA as our new Head of MA Information Experience Design. Danielle brings experience in teaching and leadership, enriched by her work in research, practice and the development of entrepreneurship in universities internationally.  The selection committee was excited by her vision for the future of IED, and the links it can make to other disciplines and fields of knowledge, towards contributing to society, culture and the creative economy.'

Dr Rathna Ramanathan, Dean, School of Communication said:

'Danielle’s ambitions are centred on the fundamental role that art and design education and post-disciplinary models of learning can play in investigating and influencing future societal shifts. Her research interests in critical and cultural perspectives in relation to world challenges such as climate change speak to the importance of our role as creative practitioners and researchers. She is joining the School of Communication and a highly experienced and involved programme team and we very much look forward to her contributions as a part of the School’s leadership team.'