Head of Programme Welcome
IED is set within the vibrant mixed studios of the RCA’s School of Communication, each of its pathways with a specialist Lab as its hub. Professor Neville Brody, who provides inspiration and instigation, calls IED an interface between information and experience, and a platform for exploring post-screen, post-digital and post-disciplinary practice. Our students and researchers work alongside the School’s graphic designers, animators and illustrators, and in interdisciplinary teams with other RCA programmes as well as external scientists, companies, architects and academics.
IED develops a mindset as well as a skillset. No specific technical skills are required; applicants come from diverse backgrounds in design, science, fine art, engineering and technology, with a common critical interest in data, design and making. Graduates may go on to work in visualisation, data science, advanced design practice, cultural and educational institutions, research labs or studio practice.
The three distinct pathways offered by the IED
programme of Sound Design, Moving Image
Design, and Experimental Design, one of which students
select as part of their application, are interrelated, focused around different
ways of approaching IED’s core aim of transforming
information into experiences.
- Specific training in working with data, programming and
electronics, prototyping and making using a range of methods and materials, and
tools for enquiry, investigation and research.
- Tutors, visiting lecturers and guests who are at the
forefront of practice and thinking internationally.
- An Experimental Lab, Sound Lab and Moving Image Lab for
making and hacking, each stocked with a range of specialist hardware and
software and set within the mixed studios of the School of Communication.
- Highly interdisciplinary projects with other RCA programmes,
as well as industry partners large and small, museums and universities in the
UK and around the world.
- 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
- International exchanges and trips, as well as real-world
projects and research set in and around London.
"Learning is experience. Everything else is just information"Albert Einstein