The Institute for Creativity and Technology

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The Institute for Creativity and Technology launches in Spring 2021 in the Design District, London's new work space for the creative industries, located next to Ravensbourne on the Greenwich Peninsula


Launching in Spring 2021, the Institute has a distinctive offer for students, academics and researchers and industry partners.

Whether exploring materials and technologies in the TheWorkshop, utilising rapid prototyping and laser cutting techniques, 3D digital printing or creative coding, or collaborating on commercial or not-for-profit projects in CreativeLab, our in-house design and media production studio, the Institute's focus is on exploring and exploiting the interplay between creativity and technology.

Designed to connect academics, researchers, students and commercial partners, The Institute explores the interplay between creativity and technology across education, industry and society.

Five innovative department, one unique offer

The Institute for Creativity and Technology’s five component parts make for one distinctive and unique offer.

  1. GradSchool: a suite of four innovative new postgraduate courses for students studying at the intersection of creativity and technology. They have access to a dedicated GradSchool hub - a creative studio space of hot-desks and break-out areas.
  2. TheWorkshop: a practical workshop space for exploration of materials and making through hi-tech, lo-tech and no-tech facilities. The space offers 3D printing, large format digital print, lasercutting and vacuum forming, Arduino and Raspberry Pi coding and workshop handtools.
  3. CreativeLab: our own in-house design and media production studio. Working across creative commercial projects, not-for-profit and third-sector briefs and internal design and content requirements for Ravensbourne. CreativeLab combines professional design expertise with employment opportunities on projects for our students and graduates.
  4. Incubation+: is a collaborative community of professionals bringing new and entrepreneurial business ideas, services and products to market. The department supports an eco-system of small creative and tech start-up companies by offering specialist business support and mentoring from local and national experts. It also offers access to funding through a pool of specialist funders. 
  5. EventsHub: a flexible space designed to house industry-facing lectures and presentations, events and launches, promotions, showcases, exhibitions and short courses for Ravensbourne, the local community and across the Design District.
  6. ResearchRave: focussed on emerging technologies and interfaces that enable creative innovation. Current research themes include augmented mixed and virtual reality, immersive film narratives, smart cities and wearable tech. Future research themes include artificial intelligence, machine learning and gamification.

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What is the Design District?

The Design District is Europe’s first permanent purpose-built design district comprising 16 new buildings, designed by eight world-leading architectural practices. It's based in London’s newest creative hub located next to Ravensbourne University London and the O2, the world’s most successful music venue, on the Greenwich Peninsula.


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