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  • 11 January 2024

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The careers our graduates pursue are as unique as the individuals that study here. From furthering their practice as artists and designers to joining world leading organisations, alumni from the RCA excel in their chosen fields.

Read on to learn more about recent graduate destinations and consider where the RCA might take your career.

Set up your own business


Gabriella Mas (Service Design MA, 2022) is the founder of startup (re)boot, which partners with professional sports teams to reduce waste.

“Studying at the RCA was an invaluable experience. The access to established corporations and incredibly talented alumni allowed me to insert myself into the broader world of design and learn from them firsthand. The RCA provided me with the opportunity to not only grow into myself as a designer, but learn how to apply design practices in reality; the practice of bringing an idea to life.”
– Gabriella Mas.

Read more about Celebrating 10 years of Service Design at the RCA.

Sinead O'Dwyer Assembly SS24

Since launching in 2018, Sinéad O’Dwyer’s (Fashion MA, 2018) eponymous London-based label has become known for creating clothes for non-sample-size bodies and challenging the toxic beauty standards of the fashion industry.

“I was very confused about working in fashion when I decided to do an MA, due to the work environment and values of the industry. I needed space to explore what I could contribute, that is what the focus was for me. The freedom to think broadly about what I wanted to contribute as a thinker and maker was a luxury I really needed at the time.”
– Sinéad O’Dwyer.

Read more about Sinéad O’Dwyer, the RCA Fashion MA graduate diversifying luxury fashion.

Work for leading international organisations

Victor Wang

Victor Wang (Curating Contemporary Art MA, 2014) is artistic director and chief curator of M WOODS Museum, an independent, not-for-profit art museum in Beijing split across two sites – and one of China’s largest and most prominent contemporary art museums.

“The RCA made me more fluent in a type of institutional language – one that makes us more aware of the mechanisms at play between culture and authority in Europe. Because I come from a more non-traditional curatorial background, this was helpful to learn.”
– Victor Wang

Read more about how Victor Wang (Curating Contemporary Art MA, 2014) is building a museum for the twenty-first century.

Bahareh Saboktakin

Bahareh Saboktakin (Innovation Design Engineering MA/MSc, 2021) is a Senior Software Designer at the Ford Human Centred Design Lab.

“[At the RCA] I discovered my passion for combining design and technology to create powerful tools for solving problems and identifying future innovation opportunities. The programme gave me the courage to embrace this passion and provided me with the tools and techniques to bring it to life. I learned that technology can be used as a design tool to gain early insights and maximise impact.”

– Bahareh Saboktakin

Read more about Deploying the power of technology through MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering.

Win grants and awards

Chloe Evans

Chloe Evans (Writing MA, 2021) was awarded a grant from Arts Council England’s (ACE) ‘Developing your Creative Practice’ fund to develop a book based on her professional experiences working as an immigration lawyer.

“[At the RCA] I was encouraged to be ambitious. Head of Programme Jeremy Millar, suggested a way to work towards writing a book, and said I should think about submitting to the Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize. It made me realise that I could imagine working on something bigger and gave me a path to keep me tapped in.”
– Chloe Evans

Read more about Chloe's reflections on the bureaucratisation of storytelling.

Ice Merhcants

‘Ice Merchants’, the short animation by RCA alumnus João Gonzalez (Animation MA, 2020) was nominated for Best Animated Short at the 2023 Academy Awards and won awards at Cannes International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and Valladolid International Film Festival.

João, reflected that at the RCA “they give you all the creative freedom that you need to develop your artistic voice.” Alongside this freedom to explore, João discovered the RCA community, describing it as “one of the most fulfilling parts of studying there. It was not a competitive environment at all; we were just always pushing at each other. It was a very healthy environment to be in.”
– João Gonzalez

Read more about alumnus João Gonzalez’s animated story of love and loss nominated for an Oscar.

Develop your artistic practice

José García Oliva

Since graduating from Visual Communication MA at the RCA in 2020, José García Oliva has established his participatory art practice through residencies, exhibitions, performances and a publication. He is currently the 2023/24 Participation Residency Artist at Gasworks, London.

“The main thing I gained from my time at the RCA was understanding how to position myself as a collaborator in socially engaged practice. When working with a group of people, I gained a better understanding of my position and how to question ethical approaches when working collaboratively.”

– José García Oliva

Read more about RCA graduate José García Oliva on materialising invisible labour

The Taste Of Mango

Chloe Abrahams (Contemporary Art Practice MA, 2022) is a Sri Lankan British artist and filmmaker. Her documentary The Taste of Mango won Best Debut Director – Feature Documentary at the 2023 British Independent Film Awards.

“Prior to starting the Masters I had been working in documentary film distribution for a few years. It was very focused on the market and sales aspect of filmmaking, which left me wanting to experiment and make things without thinking of the commercial implications. I wanted to spend time making for the sake of making. I knew my film would suffer if I didn't do that.”

– Chloe Abrahams

Read more about Chloe Abrahams, the RCA alumna exploring the malleability of memory

Establish a design studio

Plan B

Plan B is a two-woman creative studio, founded by Betty Brunfaut and Bakhtawer (Baki) Haider while they were studying MA Visual Communication at the RCA. Since graduating in 2020 they have worked with clients including London Film Week, the V&A and Science Gallery London and run a publishing house Sold Out.

“We pretty much met on the first day at the RCA… We got put in the same classes over and over again and realised it’s easy to work together, it’s really rewarding and fun. We found we had the same approach towards practising graphic design when it comes to values and ethics, but we also had the same balance of interests in wanting to find out how to run a studio.”
– Baki Haider

Read more about how Plan B are putting inclusivity and sustainability into practice

NONO: Soil Temple, Reclaim the Earth exhibition at Palais de Tokyo

Yussef Agbo-Ola (Environmental Architecture MA, 2019) is the founder and creative director at multidisciplinary architectural and artistic practice Olaniyi Studio, London.

“The RCA is a super-dynamic environment. It’s a multidisciplinary, multicultural environment that fosters amazing creativity with teaching, rigour and experimental ways of thinking. It fostered an environment where I could expand my ideology, my understanding about art and design and architecture while giving me the space to think about scale in a totally different way.”
– Yussef Agbo-Ola

Read more from Yussef Agbo-Ola on evoking environmental empathy.

Launch a career in academia

Quadrant depicting the relationship between the availability of affordances and perceptual information

Dr Iulia Ionescu (PhD School of Design, 2023) is an interdisciplinary artist and technologist. Her work explores the space between the technical and social facets of AI and the co-construction of meaning in human-AI interaction.

“Conducting this research opened up some exciting doors. I now serve as the programme director for creative computing and robotics postgraduate courses at the University of the Arts London, where I have the opportunity to promote the importance of practice-based research and shape the education of future technologists and artists.”
– Dr Iulia Ionescu

Read more about the RCA PhD graduate bridging the technological foundations of AI with its social implications.

Models of Symbiosis, Salar de Llama, 2020, Mingxin Li

Mingxin Li (Environmental Architecture MA, 2020) is a current research student in the School of Architecture where he is continuing using research methods he discovered on the MA Environmental Architecture programme.

“Studying MA Environmental Architecture at the RCA gave me a new perspective on architecture, the environment and the world we are living in, which significantly expanded my vision and pushed me to figure out my future career.”
– Mingxin Li

Read more from Mingxin Li on architecture at the intersection of politics, culture and society

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