MRes Information Environments

What's an MRes?

In this context, it's basically research for designers. Augment your practical skills with a Masters degree in empirical research methods, for a better understanding of people, places and things. That said, you don't have to be a designer - we've had photographers, fine artists, a historian and a life coach - but many of the students have a first degree and/or practical experience in some form of design. The course is a mix of theory and practice, balancing the theories and methods of the social sciences with practical skills in various areas of digital and analog design and fabrication.

The research informs the design, and the design enhances the research.

What are information environments?

In a nutshell, most of the physical and virtual environments we live in and use today - the home, city, village, workplace, museum, retail environments. The Internet and virtual worlds are no longer separated from the real world - ubiquitous sensors, embedded micro-computers, intelligent buildings, interactive installations, networked cameras all blur the line between physical and digital. The course aims to help you study, understand and explain the informational world we live in.

We study how information flows in all sorts of spaces, physical and digital and in-between.

This new one-year Masters course runs from January to December. It is the first of its kind at University of the Arts London, building upon interdisciplinary approaches established by the internationally-recognised IE research unit. It is a cross-university degree, encompassing London College of Communication, Central St Martins, and Camberwell/Chelsea/Wimbledon colleges of art. You will be able to take advantage of our strong links with professional architects and spatial designers, cultural theorists and specialists in information, graphic and interaction design.

Further details and applications: Contact Course Director Dr Kevin Walker (k.walker2 @, twitter @kevin7), or go to

2011 course blog | schedule | reading list

Some of the 2011 guest lecturers:
  • Isabel Froes on interaction design
  • Dave Patten, head of interactive media, Science Museum
  • Prof Gunther Kress on multimodal research
  • Daniel Hirschmann on interactive lighting
  • Tucker Viemeister, lab chief at Rockwell Group (via skype)
  • Jussi Ängesleva, creative director at Art+Com
  • Tom Igoe on physical computing
  • David Toop, sound artist & author
  • Sir Alan Wilson on spatial analysis

Some places we visited in 2011:
  • Museum of London
  • British Museum
  • Haque Design +Research
  • British Library
  • Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • London Transport Museum
  • TED X Brussels
  • Assorted other urban spaces &transport hubs