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Information Experience Design

From 2017, the programme will be located in the RCA's newest site in White City

Space is provided for students large, well-lit, mixed-discipline studios. The programme benefits from the larger context of the School of Communication; this benefit is most prominent in the mixed studios, where students interact daily with graphic designers, animators and illustrators. 

Each pathway in the programme also has its own lab space. The Experimental Lab is equipped with hardware and software, and materials ranging from sensors and electronics to clay, 3D scanners and printers, for making digital and physical prototypes. We have a Sound Lab with specialist audio recording, editing, mixing and postproduction equipment. The Moving Image Lab will be equipped as a shooting studio with specialty image capture and sound capability, along with projection and audio gear for playback, editing and mixing. 

Gallery spaces can be used for installations and exhibiting work as well as breakout rooms for discussion and social events. A multi-skilled approach is supported and as such facilities in other Schools are available by arrangement. Students are encouraged to use College-wide facilities, including the Drawing Studio and the RCA Library.

Experimental Lab

Facilities include tools such as Arduino, Leap Motion, Microsoft Kinect, computer vision, projectors, lights, games consoles, and a range of sensors to detect presence, proximity, distance, touch, pressure, sound and light. We also have an expanding range of biosensors and biotechnology equipment to support growing student interest in these areas. Software and training is available for use in the lab which includes Processing, Max/MSP, Rhino, Adobe Professional Suite, HTML and JavaScript.

Lens Based Media and Audio

There are a variety of photography, animation with green screen and equipment available across the Kensington campus that provide filming, lighting, sound, workshops, studio bookings as well as printing and scanning. The well equipped model and 3D CGi facilities including 3D Maya suites, stop-frame DSLR systems with Dragon, stop-frame Bolex 16mm film cameras, tripods, tracking devices and full lighting kits for 3D animation, SD and D7 DSLR HD live-action kits, stereographic kit and digital tracking. Facilities for 2D include digital video line-testers and multiplane system, digital ink and paint, PhotoShop, TVPaint, digital editing and compositing with After Effects and Adobe Premier.Motion-picture rostrum cameras for digital, 16mm and 35mm film with aerial image capture. Sound facilities houses a Full ProTools surround-sound mixing and recording studio in the Stevens Building, portable digital recorders with microphones, ProTools for creative track laying, SoundBooth and Adobe Audition. As well as studio for green screen shooting, live action and stop-frame.

Darwin Workshops

The Darwin workshops are based on the second floor of the Darwin Building on the Kensington campus. There are a variety of workshops for object-making in a wide range of media. Facilities include a Wood Workshop, Metal Fabrication, Engineering, a Plastics Workshop and a Resin, Clay and Moulding studio. A spray booth is available for specialist paint finishes and a number of bookable project and making spaces complete the facilities.

Printmaking

Based in the Stevens Building, the Letterpress workshop offers one-to-one advice. Our Printmaking facilities in Batterseas include well-equipped workshops for plate and stone lithography, intaglio, relief and screen-printing. In addition to this our digital provision includes large format printing, in-house scanning and a film reprographic facility.

College-wide Facilities

By arrangement, students are also able to, and encouraged to use workshops and facilities in other Schools within the College. As well as College-wide facilities such as the Library and Drawing Studio.

  • Resource Stores – Free hire of lens based media and AV equipment
  • College Shop and Print Shop - Sells a variety of graphics and art supplies, wood and acrylic, stationary and paper to meet student’s daily needs at the College and provides various high quality large format inkjet printing in colour, grey scale and black and white available at both Kensington and Battersea sites
  • Raw Materials Workshop - The workshop provides a cutting service for students and dispenses wood, plastics and metal sold through the College Shop and free hire of a selection of power tools and ladders
  • Digital Aided Making - Provides subtractive manufacturing support for laser cutting, CNC machining and plasma cutting
  • RapidformRCA - Rapidform provides a wide range of high-end additive layer technology for rapid prototyping, 3d scanning and software processes
  • Ceramics and Glass - Facilities in the new Woo Building in Battersea includes areas for hot glass making, cold glass working, kiln forming, plaster model and mould making, pl astic clay making as well as clay and glaze development
  • Jewellery and Metal - Also in the Woo building are processes available such as anodising, CAD/CAM-milling, computer modelling and rapid prototyping, casting, electroforming, enamelling, forging, tool making, patination, plating, presswork, spark erosion and laser, MIG and TIG welding
  • Fashion - Workshops include a fabric stockroom, a dedicated fashion computer studio, a wide variety of specialist sewing machinery, for both apparel and footwear, as well as dummies and finishing presses
  • Textiles - Provides a yarn store as well as workshops supporting knitting and linking, computerised knit, embroidery machines and mixed media, printed and woven textiles
  • Painting and Sculpture - Materials workshops are provided for painting as well as a stretcher service and well equipped metal and wood workshops
  • The Foundry - Supports a wide range of metal casting techniques including plaster and silicon rubber mould making for foundry work, lost wax work, ceramic shell investment, direct burn-outs, ludo investments, clay bond and CO2 sand moulding, melting, fettling cast work, tig welding, metal finishing, metal melting and pouring

*Please note that access to some of these facilities are subject to an induction and academic need.