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Facilities

Global Innovation Design

Students on the MA/MSc joint programme have shared facilities available at both the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Imperial College London (ICL). Every student has desk space in the IDE studio at the RCA and access to workshops, seminar rooms and other teaching spaces or laboratories at ICL. Research students are not enrolled at ICL, but because the programme has good relations with that institution it is possible with agreement to connect with ICL resources. 

The Darwin Building (RCA) offers access to the Darwin Workshops, with traditional facilities for woodworking, metalworking, plastics and resins with bookable bench spaces. Computer-driven subtractive 3D milling equipment are available in the Digital Aided Making suite, Apple Mac- and PC-based 2D and 3D modelling programmes as well as RapidformRCA, the College’s additive rapid prototyping centre. Facilities in other Schools are available by arrangement, and students are encouraged to use College-wide facilities, including the Drawing Studio and the RCA Library, also located in Kensington.

At ICL students have access to the IDEAS Lab, a 300sqm project build, workshop and seminar space. The workshop is managed by IDE’s Workshop Manager and includes a CNC mill, rapid-prototyping facilities, resin room and wood, plastic and composites facilities. Students who have taken the ICL induction can also use the Student Teaching Workshop, which has extensive metalwork facilities. 

Kensington Facilities

Darwin Workshops

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.

RapidformRCA

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.

College-Wide Facilities

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."