The facilities and technical equipment at the RCA support students in their explorations of the creative possibilities of the new and the traditional, and the interplay between them.
Among the best of their kind in the world, the College provides specialist facilities to enrolled students, as well as bookable gallery spaces, library facilities and social spaces.
Traditional workshop facilities are maintained in all areas of the College, alongside cutting-edge digital technologies. Glass is worked, as it has been for centuries, in the furnaces of Ceramics & Glass, while in Visual Communication, metal typesetting vies for student attention with Adobe InDesign™. Printmakers work with a one-tonne etching press, originally exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition, alongside the most sophisticated digital imaging technologies. RapidformRCA provides on-site access to sophisticated rapid prototyping equipment, and CNC milling, laser-scanning, vacuum-casting and computer-controlled knitting equipment are also available.
Many specialist facilities are open to all students, and they are listed in this section. Other facilities may be booked directly through the programme where they are located. If it is not possible to meet a student’s needs within the College itself, we are able to draw on the College’s extensive range of links with business and industry and other academic institutions for help. Our relationship with Imperial College London, just across the road, is particularly valuable for access to both expertise and equipment in science, engineering and medicine.