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Dean of School's Welcome

Professor Paul Anderson, School of Design

Our approach to teaching design reflects a passionate belief that the discipline – in its many forms – is both complex and constantly moving forwards. New designers have to be better informed to meet future challenges. We make sure that they are.

The School offers programmes in Design Products, Fashion Menswear and Womenswear, Global Innovation Design, Innovation Design Engineering, Intelligent Mobility, Service Design and Textiles. These programmes range from the highly conceptual to the deeply practical, however all share a strong culture of experimentation, innovation and debate within differing approaches and curricula. Their shared aim is to provide a dynamic and vibrant environment that encourages risk and originality, diversity in thinking, opinions and ideologies. 

A key signature of the School is that programmes collaborate and innovate with industry partners (often global corporations), other academic institutions and with experts from the worlds of science, technology, engineering and business. Through this, a lively environment is created where interdisciplinary projects flourish and develop. This culture underpins learning, teaching and research, and the School of Design brings together teams of staff with reputations for world-leading research, teaching and collaboration with industry, commerce and the public sector. 

Individual students are assisted with bursaries and prizes related to their activities as well as sponsored internships, work placements and research projects. Student work is frequently exhibited at the College, in local venues and in prestigious museums and galleries in London, the UK and abroad. A key signature of the School is that programmes collaborate and innovate with industry partners (often global corporations), other academic institutions and with experts from the worlds of science, technology, engineering and business. Through this, a lively environment is created where interdisciplinary projects flourish and develop. This culture underpins learning, teaching and research, and the School of Design brings together teams of staff with reputations for world-leading research, teaching and collaboration with industry, commerce and the public sector.

"The School of Design engages with design on multiple levels: as a cultural and societal activity and as an innovation process where design can deliver new products, new services and new ways of running or creating businesses – or even new ways of doing business."
Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson, RCA 2016