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Research & Innovation

The Royal College of Art excels in world-leading design and art research and creative innovation.


Our research has substantial impact and a global reach: the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated the RCA the most research-intensive specialist art and design institution in the UK. Our approach is founded on the premise that art, design, creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges. 

Research spans the Schools of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Communication and Design, as well as a growing number of interdisciplinary research centres. We offer research degrees across the College, and our research students benefit from funded studentships, research training and research career development opportunities. 

Consultancy and Knowledge Exchange for business

Our academic experts work with small businesses, multinational corporations, government institutions and not-for-profit organisations to help our partners develop new products, services and experiences. We have an impressive track record in industry collaboration through joint research, studio projects, academic consultancy and public engagement programmes.


InnovationRCA, the College’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has enabled the creation of more than 66 start-up and spin-out companies that have created over 650 UK-based jobs and generated over £121 million turnover. 

Executive Education 

We offer both customised programmes and open-registration, senior-level education short courses for business, government and the public sector. Every year, leading companies and organisations from around the world choose to work with us to address the strategic goals, unique challenges and opportunities of their organisation. 

Research & Innovation at the RCA


  • Research Office
    Stevens Building
    2-6 Jay Mews
    London SW7 2EP

  • +44 (0)20 7590 4214
    [email protected]