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The glass and ceramics workshop at Royal College of Art

Editor’s note: This listing was updated on November 1, 2022

OVERVIEW

With a marked focus on critical discourse, the School of Design at London’s Royal College of Art offers multiple design and applied arts programs, including MAs in Design Products and Global Innovation Design. Led by Christina Choi, Design Products questions what a product is in the first place, as well as critiquing the very practice of adding yet more physical things to the world. Then, it encourages students to emphasize circularity, a multi-species approach and decolonizing design. The program’s platforms are “Design through Making,” “Object-Mediated Interactions,” “Design as Catalyst,” and “Design Futures.”

The School of Design provides practical opportunities to work with major companies and institutions, like Logitech and CERN. And grads have also gone on to launch many start-ups, including the food-waste-combatting packaging solution FreshTag, started by RCA MA Textiles alumna Rui Xu; and Shore Rugs, by Design Products MA alumni Louie Rigano and Gil Muller. Innovation RCA, the college’s business incubator, is now located in Herzog & de Meuron’s handsome new building on the Battersea campus, which houses 15,500 square metres of additional workshop, studio and research space.

Royal College of Art student Loera Honeyman's ceramics project

Royal College of Art student Loera Honeyman’s ceramics project

In 2022, the RCA announced the creation of the Märit Rausing Scholarships in Ceramics & Glass, an endowment that will award six annual scholarships each year over the next two decades; the £35,000 bursary will be eligible for suitably qualified UK students who apply to study MA Ceramics & Glass at the RCA – a one year, 45-week course in the School of Arts & Humanities.

Notable alumni

Sir James Dyson, Thomas Heatherwick, Sebastian Bergne, Paul Cocksedge, Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer (Raw Edges)

Notable faculty

Andrea Edmunds (former head of Service Design at IDEO London), David Eveleigh-Evans, Clive Grinyer, Jane Pritchard

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