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Central to the vision of the School of Communication is a question that grounds our practices, methods, values and priorities: What does it mean to be human? Never has this question been more pertinent, poignant, painful, expressive and celebratory. Nor has the work of communication practitioners and researchers been more relevant in the context of pervasive inequalities, false news and systemic injustices.

Every year, around this time of year, in our pre-Covid lives at the Royal College of Art, our students put up a graduate exhibition in our South Kensington and Battersea campuses in London. The exhibition is a mark of progress; a celebration of their journeys, degrees and of the next steps to come.

Oftentimes, visitors to the graduate exhibition think of it as an ending. But we know that it never is – it is a beginning. Just as we centre questions at the core of our learning, our graduates leave with their own questions. The pursuit of these questions in their practices and careers – as we have learnt from our graduates over decades – leads to significant and exceptional contributions to communication practice, research and the world beyond.

This work therefore cannot be seen in isolation. On the one hand, it is a small snapshot, an expression on a screen of the culmination of a 2-year MA and 3+year MPhil/PhD journey from Animation, Information Experience Design, Visual Communication and Communication Research in the School of Communication. On the other, it is a collective testament to the importance of creative and critical practice. It is a note to self: Nothing can stop creativity. Not even a pandemic.

There are 131 questions, investigations and expressions that ask us to reflect on our understanding of what it means to be human today. As you listen/watch/read, look through the curated collections and take part in the 16-days of events, please reflect on the work of our graduates to form your own hopeful questions.

What You See Is Not What You Get. It is something that is completely and utterly extra-ordinary.

Dr Rathna Ramanathan
Dean of the School of Communication

Programmes

This year, the work of 131 graduates from MA Animation, MA Information Experience Design, MA Visual Communication and PhD Communication place communication practice and research at the heart of human experience. Their work individually and collectively reiterates how communication, whilst often ubiquitous, is integral and critical to us as a human race finding a collective way to engage and connect with each other.
18 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)

New Choreographies Within And With All of Us

On the missing bond between human interactions
Read More
25 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

CANCELLED - New Choreographies Within And With All of Us #2

On the missing bond between human interactions
30 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Collective e-Choir (Workshop)

20 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Collective e-Choir (Lecture)

21 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

Quantum Vibrations (01/02)

Guest talk with artist Beatrice Dillon.
25 July 2020
17:30 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

Quantum Vibrations (02/02)

A live presentation of IED Sound Design students' work.
21 July 2020
15:30 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Postgraduate Research In Conversation

Reportage Drawing at the End of the World
21 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Critic/Curator Panel #1 - Ifeanyi Awachie

Panel discussion with Visual Communication students and staff
21 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)

Everything you Need to Hear and also Don't Want to Hear: Your Future is Bright

Live Conversation with Ron Diamond
21 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)

Animators in Conversation: Gender, Identity & Relationships

Students discuss their films
22 July 2020
11:00 (GMT + 0)

Animators in Conversation: Self / Society / Family

Students discuss their films
22 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)

Questioning, Dismantling & Rebuilding the Institution

Discussion on decolonisation within the RCA.
22 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Critic/Curator Panel #2 - Catrin Morgan

Panel discussion with Visual Communication students and staff
22 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)
Vimeo

Quantum Cinema

Screening of Information Experience Design moving image works with Q&A.
24 July 2020
15:00 (GMT + 0)

How May I Serve You

24 July 2020
9:00 (GMT + 0)

How May I Serve You

24 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Toby Auberg and Michelle Brand in Conversation

The Aftermath (Graduating from RCA in a Very Weird Time)
25 July 2020
16:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

Washing the Screen

Webinar and Q&A session.
26 July 2020
9:30 (GMT + 0)

DIY Art School

Workshop / Discussion focused around what happens within an Art School.
26 July 2020
13:30 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

The Practice of Media Ecology: Applied McLuhan in 2020

Talk followed by Q&A.
28 July 2020
13:00 (GMT + 0)
Zoom

CANCELLED: Dr Jos Boys: Doing Disability Differently

Talk about how bodies come to be articulated and treated differentially in built space.
29 July 2020
10:00 (GMT + 0)

Screenwriter and Script Doctor Robert Buchschwenter & Suzanne Buchan

There are no Bad Ideas, just a Lack of ideas to Make them Good!
Cross-College

The Volatility of Definition

Curated by Neville Brody
Cross-College

Macrocosm

Curated by Emma Shipley
Cross-College

Humanistic Technologists Design For The Now

Curated by John Maeda
Cross-College

Touch Me

Exploring the haptic
Cross-College

Alternative narratives

Curated by Irini Papadimitriou
Cross-College

Landscapes

The land beneath and beyond the metropolis
Cross-College

How Might Illustration Be Queered?

Curated by Catrin Morgan
Cross-College

SustainLab Presents: Tipping Points

Art practice and the environment
School of Arts & Humanities
School of Communication

Scholarship Student Showcase: Schools of Arts & Humanities and Communication

Works by scholarship holders in the Schools of Arts and Humanities and Communication.
Cross-College

Drawn Again

Curated by Kate Macfarlane
Cross-College

Tasty

Dinner's Ready
Cross-College

Human++

Curated by Yves Béhar
Cross-College

Enlightenment and Ascension

Curated by Roland Lamb
Cross-College

Witness Statements

Curated by Gareth Evans
Cross-College

A Sense of Humanity

Curated by Paola Antonelli
Cross-College

Super/Sonic

Shh, listen
Cross-College

Generations

Society and intergenerational relationships
Cross-College

A curation by Caroline Grainge

Curated by Caroline Grainge
Cross-College

London

Our home
School of Arts & Humanities
School of Communication

Decolonising and Diaspora

Decolonial discourse and diasporic identity
Cross-College

From Ear to Ear

:)
Cross-College

Searching for Presence

Curated by John Thackara
Cross-College

RCA Drawing Presents

Draw with us
Cross-College

New Worlds

U/Dys:topia
Cross-College

Addressing Ageing Collection

Curated by Colum Lowe
Cross-College

Hyper Form

Curated by Viktoria Modesta
Cross-College

Lighting the Way

Curated by Professor Gerry McGovern OBE
Cross-College

Peekaboo Pikachu

Curated by Joyce Wang
School of Communication
Information Experience Design (MA)

Philosophy and Magic

Curated by Shona Heath
Cross-College

Humanity and Humour

Curated by Paul Priestman
Cross-College

Bodies of Resistance // Ecologies of Change

Curated by Serena Scateni
Cross-College

Quite Queerly

Sexuality and gender
Cross-College

Towards a Digital Placeness

Curated by Es Devlin
Cross-College

Future Interaction and Experiences

Curated by Yuri Suzuki
Cross-College

Raining Cats and Dogs

Pets, pests and beasts
Cross-College

Mis/Communication

What goes wrong, and sometimes can be set right
Cross-College

A curation by Fabien Baron

Curated by Fabien Baron
Cross-College

Unreal RCA

Unreal Engine
Cross-College

Ancestral Memories and the Space in Between

Curated by Jade Ang Jackman
Cross-College

The Touch of a Human Hand and Heart

Curated by Denise Ream
Cross-College

Essential Humanity

Curated by Olivia Ahmad
Cross-College

Data and AI

Curated by Anna Riddler
Cross-College

Optimistic, Singular and New

Curated by Jony Ive
Cross-College

Future Continuous

Curated by Dr Nick de Leon
Cross-College

Animadoc/ Animated Documentary/ Mockery

Curated by Otto Alder
School of Communication
Communication Research (MPhil) (PhD)

Looking Closer

Curated by Laurene Vaughan
Cross-College

Sameness and Difference, Subject and Society

Curated by Ifeanyi Awachie
Cross-College

Big Brother

Surveillance and cyber-security
Cross-College

The Politics of Articulation

Curated by Simran Hans
Cross-College

Journeys, Experiences and Identities

Curated by Christopher Bailey CBE
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