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Dean of School's Welcome

Dr Rathna Ramanathan, School of Communication

We are facing new, exciting communication challenges within a world of growing connectivity between networks, people and things. The School of Communication seeks to rise to those challenges; informing and enhancing forward-thinking and transformative processes, approaches and strategies.

We embrace agility and interdisciplinarity, while maintaining our specialisms through the School’s pathway model, Programme offer and research focus. Our links with industry are reinforced by the School’s new location at White City, London.

We enable creativity and innovation. Critical making and thinking are supported and encouraged through facilitated forums for play, experimentation and risk-taking. The School’s  staff are experienced practitioners, researchers, academics and specialist visiting lecturers, who bring ‘real-world’ knowledge and the necessary guidance and support for the development of new ideas, methods or strategies.

We de-programme, de-mystify, de-compute and re-form. The opportunity for evolving new views of, and for, the world, arise through rigorous approaches to research, critical self-reflection and making. Students are encouraged to explore new territories and responses, often collaboratively across the College and through externally commissioned projects.

Our intent is to question, provoke and offer solutions for a world where the culture of ownership, control, belief and equality has shifted. Whether operating in a social, artistic, commercial, political or academic context, as communicators we are well placed to contribute to the building of a better future.

"As we enter a new period of communication history, I am excited by the opportunity to advance design as a transformative process by building upon the RCA’s rich and diverse history of craft, critical thinking and making to inform new, adaptive practices." Dr Rathna Ramanathan
Dr Rathna Ramanathan
Dr Rathna Ramanathan