Dean of School's Welcome

Professor Neville Brody, School of Communication

The School of Communication is at the heart of an accelerating vortex of global change, where seismic shifts in our experience and understanding of media, communications, society, industry and each other are going through unprecedented transformation. Our response is to restructure the School in a more dynamic, fluid and interconnected way. For this, we have developed a new pathway model, one which allows our current MAs in Animation, Information Experience Design and Visual Communication to breathe and grow.­

Alongside our existing streams in Graphic Design and Illustration, newly identified as pathways, new subjects are being introduced within our programmes as well as transformations of existing ones. Sound DesignDocumentary Animation and Moving Image Design sit next to more exploratory pathways in Experimental Animation, Experimental Communication and Experimental Design. These new pathways provide us the opportunity to enhance our cross-disciplinary design/experimental design/extended disruption offer.

Each specialism flows from and is nurtured by the rigorous and grounded expertise, knowledge and depth to be found at the heart of the MA Programme that supports it. Our experienced practitioners, operating as academic staff or visiting lecturers, act as go-betweens, negotiating real-world knowledge with the necessary guidance and support for the development of new thoughts, ideas, methods or strategies.

At root level, the RCA, and the School of Communication, enables innovative making and thought to happen within an informed, expert and facilitated space for play, experimentation and risk, and within an environment based on contextual, critical thought. We de-programme, de-mystify, de-compute and re-form. Students explore new territories and responses, often collaboratively across the College and through external commissioned projects, evolving new views of and for the world through rigorous self-reflection and making.

Our mixed-discipline studios and subject-specific Labs encourage specialism-strong, cross-disciplinary thought, awareness and action. Both solo and collaborative practice is encouraged, as society is becoming increasingly inter-platform and discipline-agnostic, enabled by embracing both new and old technologies, from hand craft to post-digital environments.

The broad spectrum of skills we embrace extends from making things to making thought, and carries us across an ever-shifting landscape of intertwined activity that extends from print to film and time-based media; image-making and sound design to game play; and social enquiry and digital boundaries to physical installations.

The culture of ownership, control, belief and equality has shifted, and the world of communication finds itself the battleground for thought. Whether operating in an industrial, social, commercial, political or academic environment, our goal is to question and to construct anew, exploring fresh solutions, thoughts and pathways to help contribute to the building of a better future.

Supported by industry commissions, symposiums, debates, forums, exhibitions: external and internal, lectures, visits and research projects, our academic scope is wide and relevant. The only challenge for any incoming student will be what to take on from a vibrant set of choices and challenges.

Research Degrees

Research sits at the foundation of our intent, activity and exploration. Together with our MPhil /PhD degrees, we are launching a new one-year MRes pathway in Communication Design.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity to extend and deepen our subject landscape, allowing a more leading-edge approach grounded in experience and expertise, with new initiatives underpinned by our reputation for innovation and skill."
Neville Brody
Neville Brody