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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest Information for all staff, students and applicants

Due to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic – all College buildings are closed until further notice. Student support and online learning provision continues for all students.

The RCA is undertaking further contingency planning and following current advice from the UK Government, NHS and the World Health Organization.

Learning and Teaching in academic year 2020/21

As we are all well aware, in response to Covid-19, like other institutions and organisations around the world, the Royal College of Art has been required by the UK Government to close all of our buildings and we have moved teaching and learning for all our Programmes online for the summer of 2020. 

The health and safety of our students and staff is at the heart of our decision making at this challenging, unprecedented time. We have worked together to adapt and redesign the delivery of our Programmes to enable our students to emerge with the best possible platform for their careers and further study, in a world that is likely to feel the impact of Covid-19 for some time to come. Our student experience reflects the way that artists and designers are working now, responding to the global pandemic.

We are monitoring the situation very carefully and are committed - subject to Government restrictions and the safety of our staff and students at all time, including social distancing requirements - to learning and teaching on campus if at all possible. However, with the pandemic continuing to have a huge impact on every part of College life, it is anticipated that all learning and teaching for 1st year students for the Autumn Term 20/21 (September to December) will be wholly or partially online, and will only involve campus-based learning if safe to do so. Click here to find out more. 

Control the virus

We can all help control the virus. To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household

Read more about what you can and can't do on the UK Government website

Travelling on public transport 

If you need to travel, Transport for London is asking people to consider walking or cycling and has a number of online resources to help.

Latest advice on self-isolation if you have symptoms 

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days

Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

If you do need urgent advice:

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 10 days 

Use the 111 online coronavirus service. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.


Travel  advice is being kept under constant review.

Please continue to refer to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s official guidance on travel

Self-isolation to be lifted for list of lower risk countries from 10 July  

 Following the announcement that passengers returning or visiting from low-risk destinations will no longer need to self-isolate when arriving in England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published the full list of countries that are now exempted from 10 July. 

 All passengers, except those on the list, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.