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Short Courses

Experience the world's number one university for art and design.

The Royal College of Art  offers a growing portfolio of short courses that include senior-level executive masterclasses, summer courses and custom executive education programmes for businesses and organisations.

We are proud to presents a series of free online talks, IN SESSION:

IN SESSION: free short online talks from the RCA
IN SESSION - short talks

Summer Courses and Executive Masterclasses

Short courses at the RCA are offered throughout the year to provide unparalleled opportunities for participants to access its world-leading teaching, researchers, practitioners and facilities. 

At the RCA we offer a range of Short Courses and Executive Masterclasses. Courses designed to address the professional and personal development goals of our participants in subject areas that include: design thinking, contemporary art, curating, design, architecture, service design, interior design and visual communication. 

Courses develop personal and professional networks. Last year we welcomed over 50 different nationalities on our open short courses. 

Custom Courses

The RCA has a history of delivering customised senior-level education programmes for business, government, the public sector and universities globally. Courses are delivered locally at our London campus at your premises or other venues in the UK and internationally.

Previous courses have been delivered in Finland, Norway, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, China and Mexico, for clients including Bertelsmann, Samsung, Fujitsu, Visa and TCS Consultants.

Many of our existing short courses can be adapted, combined or customised for the particular needs of an organisation. The courses are ideally suited for groups of 15 to 30 or more participants.

Learn more about custom executive education programmes

Courses include: 

  • Access to our renowned faculty of academics and industry specialists.
  • Advanced level lectures and seminars by RCA academic faculty that teach on the postgraduate degree programmes.
  • Notable guest speakers with industry specialism and leading professional practitioners in their field.
  • Practical group work and exercises fostering inspiration through participation and making. 
  • Visits to London’s major collections, museums, galleries and design studios. 

Please review our FAQs to keep up to date with the latest information about Coronavirus (Covid-19) and how it affects the RCA short courses.

Executive Education Courses

Summer Courses

Custom Short Courses

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