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Pokémon Scholarships awarded to RCA MA Fashion and Intelligent Mobility students

The Pokémon Company and Royal College of Art (RCA) is proud to announce the second ever Pokémon Scholars are MA Fashion Menswear student, Marie Isaccson and MA Intelligent Mobility student, Ye Han.

The Pokémon Scholarships support pioneering students who demonstrate the potential for breaking new ground with their creative forces in the visual arts, design and communications.The scholarship provides full-fee scholarships for two second year students and a week-long trip to Japan to visit the Pokémon Studios.

The 2019/2020 Pokémon Scholars Marie (MA Fashion Menswear) and Ye (MA Intelligent Mobility) are both students from the School of Design. 

Paul Anderson, Dean of the School of Design, said: 'We're thrilled that the Pokémon Company, known for their innovative and future-thinking designs, has committed to investing in our students for a second year. We are proud of this on-going relationship and their generous scholarships allow our students the opportunity to experience a new culture and way of thinking.'

Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company, said:  ‘We were impressed, as always, by the quality of the RCA students. The intention behind our selection this year was to extend help to those who showed the potential to redefine an established field with a long history, and to greatly broaden it with their practice.’

Ye is currently studying the 15-month Masters in Intelligent Mobility after previously studying material science and nanoengineering at Rice University, Houston Texas. Originally from China, Ye made the leap from engineering to design as a result of her childhood dream of creating ‘living’ cars. 

Discussing the scholarship, she said: ‘I am so happy to be given the chance to have constructive and valuable exchange with The Pokémon Company. The scholarship encourages me to be bold in my creative practice. I hope it will eventually benefit the franchise, much like the mutual growth process between Pokémon and Pokémon trainers.’

Marie explores the relationship between fiction and reality in her fashion designs and holds a BA from Beckmans College of Design from her native Stockholm, Sweden.

‘I find The Pokémon Company and its dynamic world, highly inspiring since they are constantly evolving and is a progressive creative force in various fields,’ Marie said. ‘The Scholarship will ultimately transform my practice, as it will secure me with the support in order to push my explorations further than before without having the fear of constraints.’ 


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Notes to Editors 

About the RCA 

The Royal College of Art, the internationally renowned art and design university, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world. A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA’s approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today’s global challenges.

The university employs around 1,000 professionals from around the world – professors, researchers, art and design practitioners, advisers and visiting lecturers – to teach and develop students in 30 academic programmes. RCA students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment. Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems.

The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum. InnovationRCA, the university’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has helped over 50 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 600 UK jobs.

Alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, Monster Chetwynd, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie.

The RCA was named the world’s leading university of art and design in the QS World Rankings 2019 for the fifth consecutive year.

About the Pokemon Scholarship

The Pokémon Scholarship was established in 2018 to support pioneering students who demonstrate the potential for breaking new ground with their creative forces in the visual arts, design and communication. The scholarship includes a trip to Japan for the scholars to visit the Pokémon studios.

This year, students from across the four schools and 12 programmes within the RCA were eligible for the scholarship.

About The Pokemon Company 

In April 1998, the three joint copyright holders of the Pokémon brand – Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc., and GAME FREAK inc. – first established Pokémon Center Co., Ltd. In October 2000, the company’s name was changed to The Pokémon Company. The company manages many facets of the Pokémon brand, including the Pokémon video games, trading card game, animated TV series, films, merchandising, and more. 

Since launching in 1998, Pokémon has evolved with ever-advancing media and technology, to become one of the leading entertainment and digital pioneers in the world, producing a wide range of content, products and ways to experience the dynamic world of Pokémon.