Head of Programme Welcome

Dr Kevin Walker, Information Experience Design

Information Experience Design (IED) students design experiences to communicate information, creating installations and interventions using all senses, modes and media, including sound and moving image. The Programme approaches social and technological systems critically and works across art and design, grounded in theories and research methods from science and philosophy. 

Creative practitioners today can no longer afford to be constrained by traditional specialisms and outdated definitions of art, design, science and technology. IED takes a post-digital and post-disciplinary approach, working across these areas to undertake advanced research and practice, using a wide range of media, materials and methods. IED looks beyond the object, product and screen to content, context and concept; and beyond binary concepts such as human, artificial and natural, aiming for individual and societal transformation.

IED is about information and experience, not technology. IED develops a mindset as well as a skill set. No specific technical skills are required; applicants come from diverse backgrounds in design, science, fine art, technology and the humanities, with a common critical interest in research, materials and making. Our pathways in Sound Design, Moving Image Design, and Experimental Design are interrelated, focused around different ways of approaching IED’s core aim of transforming information into experiences. Graduates have gone on to work in visualisation, artistic practice, technology companies, set design, exhibition design, journalism, cultural and educational institutions, research labs and studio practice. Others have started record labels, opened galleries and become performers. 

The Programme offers:    

  • specific training in working with a range of tools, materials and research methods    
  • staff and guests who are at the forefront of practice and thinking internationally   
  • an experimental lab as a hub for testing methods and modes of experience and display, amid the mixed studios of the School of Communication
  • highly interdisciplinary projects with other RCA programmes and external collaborators from industry, academia and the cultural sector   
  • close links between MA, MPhil and PhD students, funded research and professional practitioners
  • opportunities for exhibition, publication, intervention, online and offline dissemination, and commercialisation of student work and research.

"Learning is experience. Everything else is just information" Albert Einstein
Kevin Walker
Kevin Walker