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Blue Ephemera

Overview

At the forefront of practice

Key details

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Career opportunities

  • IED graduates are skilled in developing careers bespoke to them, and rarely follow a standard career pathway. They go on to work as curators, artists, designers and art directors, to launch their own studios and production companies, to write books and run start-ups. Most work fluidly across art, design and research, in a variety of combinations.

Create multi-media experiences that transform individuals and society.

Programme details for 2022 entry are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November 2021.

In Information Experience Design (IED) you’ll meet complex realities with bold adaptation, creating boundary-crossing experiences that immerse audiences in big ideas and experimental worlds.

You’ll be instructed in practical skills and a systematic approach for building your own bespoke methods and toolkits. Generating new ways of working will be part of your practice, and you’ll work ambitiously at the cutting edge of emerging arts and technology, drawing from multiple sources and from across disciplines.

You will never be tied to a single medium; instead you’ll be challenged to consider the potentials of diverse and unexpected forms, both digital and analogue. You’ll invent not just new experiences, but new kinds of experiences, engaging with data in unexpected ways.

The only programme of its kind, IED moves beyond binaries such as human and nonhuman, natural and artificial, using everything at its disposal to critique, reimagine and transform society.

Explore further

Visit 2020.rca.ac.uk to view graduate work from the class of 2020

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Facilities

The School of Communication is currently located on our White City site.

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Our mixed-discipline studios encourage cross-disciplinary thought, awareness and action. Studio workspace is provided for each student. In addition, you have access to craft and technical workshop areas and excellent technical support in the College. These include well-equipped computer studios for print and digital moving-image production, sound editing, a letterpress and book-binding workshop.

  • White City facilities (photo: Richard Haughton)

    White City facilities (photo: Richard Haughton)

  • White City studios (photo: Richard Haughton)

    White City studios. Photograph: Richard Haughton

More details on what you'll study.

Programme details for 2022 entry are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November 2021.

Requirements

What you need to know before you apply

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.

Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. While you may come directly from first-degree programmes across art and design, you may have also joined the programme with professional experience in industry, or from a background such as science, technology and the humanities.

What's needed from you

Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as an artist or designer and can be made up of images, videos or writing examples. Your portfolio helps us to better understand your application and allows you to show evidence of your ability and motivation to undertake a given programme.

Generally, we’re looking for you to demonstrate your:

  • Creativity, imagination and innovation
  • Ability to articulate the intentions of the work
  • Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work
  • Technical skills appropriate to the work
  • Potential to benefit from the programme

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and at least 5.5 in other skills. Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard.

You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years.

If you need a Student Visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

Find out more about English-language requirements

Fees & funding

For this programme

Fees for new students

Fees for 2022 are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November. You'll find tuition fees for 2021 entry below.

Home
(subsidised)
£9,750
£19,500*
Channel Islands and Isle of Man
(subsidised)
£14,500 per year
£29,000 total cost*
Overseas and EU
£29,000 per year
£58,000 total cost*

Deposit

New entrants to the College for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. This will be offset against the tuition fees for the first year of study.

Home
£500
Overseas and EU
£2,000

* Total cost is based on the assumption that the programme is completed in the timeframe stated in the programme details. Additional study time may incur additional charges.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic Programme and scholarships panel.

More information

External funding

There are many funding sources, with some students securing scholarships and others saving money from working. It is impossible to list all the potential funding sources; however, the following information could be useful.

Payments

Tuition fees are due on the first day of the academic year and students are sent an invoice prior to beginning their studies. Payments can be made in advance, on registration or in two instalments.

Ask a question

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