In the School of Communication, we interrogate the fundamental ways in which communication shapes our lives, and use this knowledge to develop new ways of experiencing, interacting and communicating with the world.
We provide a creative, learning environment and through studio-based practice, field trips, technical workshops, research and our relationships with external partners, we make space for conversation, inter-cultural exchange, new ideas and diverse voices.
We conceptualise, craft, and are storytellers with animation, data visualisation, game design, graphic design, illustration, photography and moving image, and through engaging with installations, XR experiences, site-specific work, immersive world building and soundscapes.
As communication practitioners and researchers, we are an important part of the ecosystem that contributes to addressing pervasive inequalities, the environmental crisis and systemic injustices that we face today.
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‘The world rendered in visual expression’: Why communication design research mattersOur MRes RCA: Communication Design Pathway gives students a unique opportunity to form a dynamic community centred around the research and practice of communication design – as a foundational structure of the world around us. Graduates from the programme have gone on to further study in academia and returned to their professional settings with renewed interest and understanding of the social and political resonances of their work. We spoke to the students and alumni of the Communication Design MRes to find out why communication design research matters to them.
Maayan Weisstub (MA Information Experience Design, 2021) on using art to uncover the strangeness of the everydayMaayan Weisstub is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice incorporates collage, illustration, drawing, painting, VR filters and large-scale public installations.With a considerable social media following before she came to the RCA to study for our MA Information Experience Design, Maayan’s work is often humorous but always provoking – leaving her viewers with new perspectives on the human and even the non-human.
Roxanne Bottomley (MRes RCA: Communication Design, 2020) challenging perceptions of women's footballRoxanne Bottomley began investigating the design of women’s football while an MRes RCA: Communication Design student. Since graduating in 2020 she has continued this research as a funded PhD student at Northumbria University.
We explore how communication practices can help better understand and positively change the terms and narratives of contemporary communication.
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Kerry is Dean of the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art.View full profile
Dr Barbara Brownie
Assistant Dean (Education)
Dr Barbara Brownie is a design theorist who considers the relationship between clothes and the body, most recently concentrating on the dressed body in microgravity.View full profile
Dr Danielle Barrios-O’Neill
Head of Programme
Danielle's teaching and research centres on the value of arts, particularly multiplatform storytelling, for social and economic benefit.View full profile
Professor Suzanne Buchan
Head of Programme
Suzanne has designed and delivered moving image courses for both practice- and theory-led students of architecture, fine art, fashion and film production. She has published widely, is founder and editor of animation: an interdisciplinary journal (Sage), and is active as an exhibition curator.View full profile
Professor Teal Triggs
School Lead, Postgraduate Research
Teal is an educator, historian and writer whose research focuses primarily on graphic design history, criticism, design research methods, self-publishing and feminism.View full profile
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