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  • 10 April 2024


  • RCA

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Works on display at the RCA2023 graduate exhibitions and events, credit Royal College of Art copy

The Royal College of Art (RCA) in London has been ranked the number 1 university for Art & Design internationally for the 10th year in a row, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024 – the largest world-wide survey of academic and industry opinion, with other UK institutions also being highly ranked.

The latest results demonstrate the College’s reputation with an overall score of 98.5, including 100% for academic reputation, and 85% for employer reputation.

For the second consecutive year the RCA has been ranked in first place in the History of Art category, which incorporates programmes teaching the history of design. The RCA’s History of Design MA and PhD programmes are delivered in partnership with the V&A Museum.

As with previous years, University of the Arts London takes up the second place in the Art and Design rankings, with both UK institutions ahead of major international universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons School of Design in the US, and European institutions such as Aalto University in Finland and Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Meanwhile, the Royal College of Music is named number 1 in the Performing Arts rankings.

The UK's strength in creative higher education directly feeds into the country’s reputation as a leader for its innovative creative industries and as a global destination for culture, and supports the UK's creative economy, which contributes £126 billion annually in GVA and employs over 2.4 million people.