Head of Programme Welcome
IED is set within the vibrant mixed studios of the RCA’s School of Communication, with a specialist Lab as its hub. Information for us can be quantitative or qualitative, numerical data, personal narratives, or sociopolitical issues. These are investigated through investigative and experiential research through a range of methods, to create transformative, immersive and multisensory experiences, with emphasis on content, context, materiality and atmosphere. 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, technology and the humanities, with a common critical interest in data, design and making. 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, become performers.
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 for
making and hacking, 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