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Research & Innovation

The Royal College of Art excels in world–leading design and art research and technological innovation.

Through this work, we advance our understanding of the influence and scope of creativity, and contribute to the broader global economy. Key to this is the ability to apply theories and methodologies to real-world issues, translate research findings into practice and work directly with academic, corporate, non-profit and government sectors.

In the field of human-centred design, the RCA’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is an international centre of information and expertise, attracting the world’s most knowledgeable and influential researchers and experts as well as key industry partners.

InnovationRCA is the RCA’s centre for incubation, knowledge exchange and business development and support, helping graduates transform compelling design-tech ideas into effective businesses. Successful start-ups include award-winning Loowatt, Kwikscreen and Seaboard.

Working across all disciplines, SustainRCA helps designers and artists produce innovative solutions to – and critical thinking around – some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. 

Our three knowledge exchange hubs  Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy, the Creative Exchange (CX), and the Healthcare Innovation Exchange Centre­ (Helix) – receive funding via the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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