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Welcome to the Royal College of Art podcast!

In this first series, host Benji Jeffrey brings you insight into the philosophy behind the programmes at the RCA by talking to staff, students, and the wider RCA community about what we do here and how the work of architects, artists, communicators, designers and researchers affect the world at large.

🎧 Listen on SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Podcast and YouTube Podcasts.

Episode 1: Between art and humanity

Hear from Martin Newth, Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities on highlighting our humanity and the new MFA Arts & Humanities. Read the show notes.

You can also play this episode on 🎧 Spotify, Apple Podcast and YouTube Podcasts.

Episode 2: Creative education through uncertainty

Hear from Chris Mitchell, Deputy Director of Academic Development, and how this form of education and the new MEd Creative Education can help people respond to the challenges of living with uncertainty. Read the show notes show notes.

You can also play this episode on Spotify, Apple Podcast, and YouTube Podcasts.

Episode 3: The boundaries of communication

Hear from Barbara Brownie, Assistant Dean of the School of Communication, a distinguished design theorist - from space wear to 3D animations, and the new MFA Communication. Read the show notes.

You can also play this episode on Spotify, Apple Podcast and YouTube Podcasts.

Episode 4: Doing, undoing and imagining futures

Hear from Thandi Loewenson, Senior Tutor in the School of Architecture, on this year's Venice Biennale, education's place in the act of Decolonising, and the new MArch Design Practice. Read the show notes.

You can also play this episode on Spotify, Apple Podcast and YouTube Podcasts.

Episode 5: Addressing local and global design challenges

Hear from Dave Webster, Assistant Dean of the School of Design, on the role of designers in finding creative solutions based on research data that help solve the world's grand challenges. Read the show notes.

You can also play this episode on Spotify, Apple Podcast and YouTube Podcasts.

Episode 6: Loo-topia: Designing Inclusive Public Toilets

Hear from ⁠Gail Ramster⁠ ⁠ and ⁠ ⁠Professor Jo-Anne Bichard⁠, lead researchers in the Public Toilet Research Unit in The Helen Hamlyn Centre, as they unravel the world of public toilets. From the challenges of finding a decent public toilet to broader implications on business and public life, Gail and Jo-Anne share insights into their research.

Listen to this episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and YouTube Podcasts.

Meet your host, Benji Jeffrey

Benji Jeffrey is an artist, musician and educator who centres joy, enthusiasm and friendship within a practice that spans video, sound and performance. He has an MA in Moving Image (2017) and a PGCert in Art and Design Education (2019) from the Royal College of Art, and a BA in Fine Art (2011) from Chelsea College of Art and Design. 

He currently works in the Communications and Marketing team at the RCA and teaches on the BA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

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Host and Producer - Benji Jeffrey

Editor - Nicholas Faris

Sound Engineer - Joe Hirst

Executive Producers - Stephanie Limuaco, Etan Kinsella McLennan

and the wider RCA Communications & Marketing team

We offer a range of Graduate Diploma, MA, MArch, MEd, MFA, MDes, MRes, MPhil and PhD degree programmes across the art, design, and architecture disciplines.

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