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Welcome to 2016/17 at the RCA

Welcome to the autumn term of 2016/17 – the year the RCA celebrates the 180th anniversary of its inception as the Government School of Design.

There's been a lot to celebrate over the summer, from alumni medal winners at the London Design Festival to Fashion Menswear and Womenswear students visiting 10 Downing Street during London Fashion Week.

Students from 1837 would not recognise the buildings, the concentration of nationalities and the breadth of taught programmes in today's RCA, but the spirit of creative endeavour and opportunity is part of the continuum that continues to define the College. 

There's a wealth of events, talks and exhibitions on offer at the College this week. Here's a small selection:

First-year Registration for new students is 26–27 September, details here, and Students' Union welcome events include a Kensington campus tour, Battersea campus tour, Shoreditch pub crawl, Woodburner Music Night, Trip to the V&A and Welcome Back Party.

RCA research students present Performing Identities, an exhibition that brings together RCA research students who participated in the 2015/16 Research Methods Course Performance cluster, convened by Dr Chantal Faust and led by Jeremy Millar. In the context of the exhibition, the knowledge acquired from the Performance Cluster sessions is used by each participant to create their own art piece (performance, object, poster, etc.) on the notion of identity and performativity.

The School of Fine Art's Chooc Ly Tan: Disobey to the Dance of Time continues at the Riverlight Studios until 14 October:  a video installation combining a colourful music visualiser, known as Akira Phase, moving to a 148 bpm-trance track, Terbium Energy Catalyst by Goch, a 3D representation of Africa hovering in space-time, and the artist dancing to a hidden track coming from deep space.

Further events and talks are advertised on the website.