The School of Architecture studios on the sixth floor of the Darwin Building are the heart of day-to-day activity for the programme. It has one of the best views in London with draft-printing facilities, storage room and a well equipped IT suite. As well as an individual studio space, the Darwin Building offers access to the Darwin Workshops, housing traditional 3D making facilities, contemporary digital fabrication equipment and a suite of bookable project and making spaces. RapidformRCA, the College’s additive rapid prototyping centre, is co-located on the second floor of the Darwin building.
The Darwin workshops are based on the second floor of the Darwin Building on the Kensington campus. There are a variety of workshops for object-making in a wide range of media. Facilities include a Wood Workshop, Metal Fabrication, Engineering, a Plastics Workshop and a Resin, Clay and Moulding studio. A spray booth is available for specialist paint finishes and a number of bookable project and making spaces complete the facilities.
Digital Aided Making
These resources offer subtractive manufacturing support for laser cutting, CNC machining and plasma cutting. The varied range of available CNC equipment includes 3 & 4 axis bench top CNC and large format 5 axis CNC machines. Students are able to experience a variety of materials including plastic, wood, metal and synthetic media.
Facilities include an exceptionally wide range of high-end additive layer technology for rapid prototyping and 3D scanning and software processes. The process produces solid 3D objects from virtual data in paper, wax, resin and plaster.
By arrangement, students are also able to, and encouraged to use workshops and facilities in other Schools within the College. As well as College-wide facilities such as the Library and Drawing Studio.
- Resource Stores – Free hire of lens based media and AV equipment
- College Shop and Print Shop - Sells a variety of graphics and art supplies, wood and acrylic, stationary and paper to meet student’s daily needs at the College and provides various high quality large format inkjet printing in colour, grey scale and black and white available at both Kensington and Battersea sites
- Raw Materials Workshop - The workshop provides a cutting service for students and dispenses wood, plastics and metal sold through the College Shop and free hire of a selection of power tools and ladders
- Ceramics and Glass - Facilities in the new Woo Building in Battersea includes areas for hot glass making, cold glass working, kiln forming, plaster model and mould making, plastic clay making as well as clay and glaze development
- Jewellery and Metal - Also in the Woo building are processes available such as anodising, CAD/CAM-milling, computer modelling and rapid prototyping, casting, electro-forming, enamelling, forging, tool making, patination, plating, presswork, spark erosion and laser, MIG and TIG welding
- Fashion - Workshops include a fabric stockroom, a dedicated fashion computer studio, a wide variety of specialist sewing machinery, for both apparel and footwear, as well as dummies and finishing presses
- Textiles - Provides a yarn store as well as workshops supporting knitting and linking, digital knit, embroidery machines and mixed media, printed and woven textiles
- Lens Based Media and Audio - There are a variety of photography, animation and moving image studios that provide filming, lighting, sound, workshops, studio bookings as well as printing and scanning
- Painting and Sculpture - Materials workshops are provided for painting as well as a stretcher service and well equipped metal and wood workshops
- The Foundry - Supports a wide range of metal casting techniques including plaster and silicon rubber mould making for foundry work, lost wax work, ceramic shell investment, direct burn-outs, ludo investments, clay bond and CO2 sand moulding, melting, fettling cast work, tig welding, metal finishing, metal melting and pouring
- Printmaking - Comprise of etching, lithography, intaglio, screen printing and letterpress areas. With a digital suite comprising of large format digital printing and reprographics workshop
*Please note that access to some of these facilities are subject to an induction and academic need.
"The students have access to an impressive range of facilities across the College, from glass-blowing, to rapid-prototyping, to textile weaving, to printmaking, to photography and film studios."