About the College

The Royal College of Art (RCA) is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status devoted to research and knowledge exchange, teaching and practice in art, design, communication and humanities. In 2016/17 the College has some 1,800 students registered for MA, MPhil and PhD degrees. There are over 400 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with around 800 visiting lecturers.

Creative Capital

The College is located on two sites in Central London, in South Kensington and Battersea, with a third site in the creative quarter at White City opening in autumn 2017. 

The Kensington site includes among its neighbours Imperial College London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal College of Music, the Natural History Museum and the National Museum of Science and Industry. 

The Battersea site has expanded rapidly with the opening of the Dyson Building in 2012, which hosts Photography and Print in the School of Arts & Humanities and InnovationRCA, the knowledge exchange and commercialisation centre of the RCA, and the Woo Building in 2015,  which hosts Ceramics & Glass and Jewellery & Metal programmes. A UK Treasury-backed expansion at Battersea, meanwhile, cements the RCA’s position at the centre of a vibrant hub of creative companies and designers.

A third hub for communication, architecture,  humanities and their integrated practices in London’s newest research and creative quarter, the regenerated BBC Media Village in White City, launches in autumn 2017.

A World-leading University

Ranked as the world’s number one university of art and design in the 2015, 2016 & 2017 QS World University Rankings, the College has an august history in art and design education, numerous eminent graduates and a remarkable record of graduate employment. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) recognises the small, specialist institution status of the College through its ‘exceptional funding’ stream. Truly a leader in its field, its excellence in teaching and research has been consistently recognised as being of the highest standing. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results cemented the RCA's position as the UK’s leading university of art and design, with its research gaining more 4* ratings than any of its specialist competitors. Crucially the College is ranked as the most research intensive art and design research environment to be found in the UK.