School of Design

Students have access to the College’s 3D workshops, with traditional facilities for woodworking, metalworking, plastics and resins with bookable bench spaces. Computer-driven subtractive 3D milling equipment is available in the Digital Aided Making suite, with Apple Mac- and PC-based 2D and 3D modelling programmes, as well as RapidformRCA, the College’s additive rapidprototyping centre.


College-wide Facilities

Access to a range of technical resources can be provided, and students are encouraged to use College-wide facilities, including the Drawing Studio and the RCA Library, located in Kensington. Some facilities are subject to an induction and access is granted following an assessment of academic need.

3D Workshops – 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.

Ceramics & Glass – Facilities include 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.

College Shop and Print Shop – These sell a variety of graphics and art supplies, wood and acrylic, stationery and paper, and provide various high-quality, large-format inkjet printing in colour, greyscale and black and white.

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 and 4 axis benchtop CNC and large-format 5 axis CNC machines. Students are able to experience working with a variety of materials including plastic, wood, metal and synthetic media.

Fashion – Facilities include access to a fabric stockroom and specialist software within the College computing suite, as well as a wide variety of specialist sewing machinery, for both apparel and footwear, as well as dummies and finishing presses.

Jewellery & Metal – Processes available include 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.

Lens-based Media and Audio Resources – Facilities include a variety of photography, animation and moving-image studios that provide filming, lighting and sound workshops.

Painting and Sculpture – Materials workshops are provided, as well as a stretcher service and well-equipped metal and wood workshops.

Printmaking Etching, lithography, intaglio, screenprinting and letterpress areas, and a digital suite with large-format digital printing and a reprographics workshop.

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.

Resource Stores – Free hire of lens-based media and AV equipment.

Smart Zone – The Smart Zones across the College include training rooms and open-access computer areas. The technical workshops here showcase a variety of software and digital processes including group and 1:1 sessions with technologists.

Textiles – Provides access to a yarn store as well as workshops supporting knitting and linking, digital knit, embroidery machines and mixed media, printed and woven textiles.