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Information Experience Design, M.A.

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  • 24 months
Information Experience Design (IED) students design experiences to communicate information, creating installations and interventions using all senses, modes and media, including sound and moving image. The Programme approaches social and technological systems critically and works across art and design, grounded in theories and research methods from science and philosophy. 


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, engineering and technology, with a common critical interest in data, design and making. Graduates may go on to work in visualisation, data science, advanced design practice, cultural and educational institutions, research labs or studio practice.

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. 

IED offers: 

  • Specific training in working with data, programming and electronics, prototyping and making using a range of methods and materials, and tools for enquiry, investigation and research.
  • Tutors, visiting lecturers and guests who are at the forefront of practice and thinking internationally.
  • An Experimental Lab, Sound Lab and Moving Image Lab for making and hacking, each 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, as well as 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.

Programme Structure

The three pathways in IED, 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.

Moving Image Design investigates moving image as a core and vital communicative force in a design landscape fundamentally transformed by digital technologies. Anyone can now easily create and share moving image using a range of mobile tools and media; we offer a critical frame of communication and intent, oriented toward future forms and contexts. Our practice thereby encompasses multimodality and convergence, narrative and communication, temporality and spatiality.

Sound Design is about making sense of social sound within a diverse and complex contemporary world. Linking sound with other media, environments, forms and disciplines, the pathway investigates sound as part of both the public and cultural realm, exploring the experiences of what sound is and what it can be.

Experimental Design stands for a critical and investigative alternative to Experience Design or Interaction Design, grounded in IED’s core expertise in transforming information into experiences. Experimental Design also embraces cross-disciplinary practice and extended disruption, evolving new forms, mechanisms and strategies for future urban and social environments. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • 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 honours degree in the subject or appropriate associated subjects.
  • Digital Portofolio
  • Interview (if invited)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28400 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


UK and EU students receive a subsidy from the British Government and pay a reduced fee. To qualify for the home or EU rate of tuition fees you will need to meet certain strict conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency. 

To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

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