Dean of School's Welcome

Professor Paul Anderson, School of Design

The School of Design engages with design on multiple levels: from the physical to the virtual, from the design of specific objects and products to interactions, and the design of systems and policies developing new ways of running or creating businesses - or even new ways of doing business.

The School engages with design on multiple levels, from the highly conceptual to the deeply practical, with a strong culture of innovation, experimentation and debate. Programmes are supported by staff with reputations in world-leading research, teaching and practice. 

Programmes collaborate and innovate with industry partners and also across subject areas to allow strategic opportunities for multidisciplinary teaching and project development to enhance and ensure student mobility, independent learning and interdisciplinary activity. 

By developing key opportunities within specialist programmes, we encourage different student cohorts to network, test new ideas, evaluate, take risks and even fail, thereby allowing successful design practice to be significantly elevated. These are critical components to building confident, mature, diverse, and self-aware future design leaders who are ready and prepared for evolving global challenges within their chosen disciplines. 


"We seek to challenge and develop a strategic view of design that’s not solely technology based or leading edge, but is human centered, transparent, responsible and ethical, and places equal value on the process of design and the impact on global communities. we aim to change people's lives for the better."
Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson, RCA 2016