No specific technical skills are required by applicants; rather, students come from diverse backgrounds in design, science, fine art, engineering and technology, with a common critical interest in data, research, design and technology. The quality of the student will be demonstrated by the standard of a portfolio of work and qualified by the award of an Honour’s degree in the subject or appropriate associated subjects.
Months of entry
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.
The programme offers:
- specific training in working with data, programming and electronics, prototyping and a range of research methods
- 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
- 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 research
- international exchanges and trips, as well as real-world projects and research set in and around London
Information for international students
Learn more at the international page.
Fees and funding
Learn more at the fees and funding page.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details