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SCHOOL OF DESIGN Programme 2013/14

Design Products The Design Products programme, led by design Professor Tord Boontje, recognises that design is an activity that fundamentally shapes the world and influences the processes of change.

Each Platform is led by tutors who are active design practitioners. While the tutors’ primary focus is the students in their Platform, their knowledge and expertise is available to the entire programme and there are opportunities We aim for our students to find their own place, for students to have tutorials with other staff. from where they can lead or contribute to these Technical support is provided for model-making processes. Although there is a focus on product and prototyping, along with access to and furniture design, we do not see any College workshops. limitations to our field, understanding very well that most of tomorrow’s products and services There are often collaborative projects with do not yet exist today. The nature of the course external partners, for example FENDI is pluralistic; we encourage diversity in thinking, and Yamaha, and there are also opportunities opinions and ideologies. There is a vibrant to exhibit in London and elsewhere. atmosphere that engenders experimental, The programme offers a truly international ground-breaking work, encouraging a critical perspective, with students coming from approach and a questioning of accepted around 20 nations. Graduates go on to practices. There are no preferred methods or work for multinational corporations, design styles; we aim for our students to develop their consultancies, and academic and industrial own voices. research labs, with many choosing to set up their own design studios. The MA course is a continuum across two years, with first- and second-year students working together in small study groups called Platforms.


The Royal College of Art is rightly proud of its graduates’ achievements. Alumni from the RCA form part of an international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the world around us – from the landscape of our cities to the furniture and appliances in our homes, and from the clothes we wear and the films we watch to the work we experience in galleries.

Programme Direction Professor Tord Boontje; Hilary French

A few of our well-known alumni are listed below:

Senior Tutor Gareth Williams

Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer Raw Edges Design Studio Tomoko Azumi Sam Buxton Paul Cocksedge Robin Day Simon Hasan Thomas Heatherwick Peter Marigold

Visiting Professors Professor Ron Arad; Dr Kenneth Grange MA External Examiners Ineke Hans; Matt Ward Tutors and Senior Tutors Platform 8: Dr Gabriel Klasmer; Stuart Bannocks Platform 13: Onkar Kular and guests Platform 14: Andre Klauser; Ben Wilson Platform 15: Harry Richardson; Max Lamb Platform 17: Ian Ferguson; Martin Postler Platform 18: Sarah Van Gameren; Philippe Malouin Platform 19: Simon Hasan and guests School Research Leader Dr Stephen Boyd Davis Computing Simon Bird Workshops shared with the School of Design Paul Booth; Boyd Costen; Brian Davey; Philip Harrison; Peter Longfellow; Neil Shepherd; Ian Whittaker Rapidprototyping Centre Nick Grace; Alistair Hamer; James Russell; Hannah Terry Programme Administrator Katherine Dickerson For further information on staff, including research interests, exhibitions and publications, please visit

For more information please contact Royal College of Art Kensington Gore London SW7 2EU +44 (0)20 7590 4444

Cover image – Attua Aparicio and Oscar Wanless, ‘NSEPS’, 2012


At the Royal College of Art, programme staff consist of highly regarded practitioners who ensure that practical application is relevant, and experienced academics who provide a critical context for the discipline. We attract some of the most eminent artists, designers, intellectuals and business people working in their fields to give seminars, lectures, masterclasses, crits and individual tutorials.



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