Media Studies forms part of the MA Architecture, City Design, Environmental Architecture and Interior Design Programmes at the RCA.
The unit examines how the analysis and use of media can help develop our critical understanding of spatial design. Students utilise a vast range of media and conceptual approaches – including photography, filmmaking, sculpture, graphic design, photogrammetry, performance and product design and fabrication – to explore and develop their work. This unit allows students to explore alternate forms of production that augment their design projects.
The intellectual premise of the Media Studies unit engages with the complex nexus of contemporary media culture. Today, images and media are agents in a negotiation between hegemonies, players on a stage of conflicts in ideologies, histories and public identities. These mediated struggles find their way into all facets of public life, including spatial design disciplines. Media Studies examines the indexical nature of media through the careful study of a series of interventions into the built environment. These examinations are fostered through lectures, seminars and workshops. The unit includes guest lecturers, workshop leaders and invited critics as a means to discuss and engage with the plurality of contemporary approaches to spatial media.
In the 2018/19 academic year, Media Studies will be undertaken by students from all programmes in the RCA School of Architecture.
"Images are not innocent. Every single image out there in the world, represents a conception of the world."Alfredo Jarr