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Executive Education

A programme of executive masterclasses designed specifically to provide senior-level professionals with the most important business skills for the twenty-first century, such as creativity, critical thinking and empathy.

World-class professional and personal development

Using social and design-focused innovative approaches, including people-centred design, revolutionary innovation and creative leadership, these masterclasses and workshops will teach skills and strategies that are essential to private and public sector businesses in the twenty-first century.

In 2018, the World Economic Forum ‘Future of Jobs’ research report highlighted that by 2022, in the context of technological advances including AI, ‘human’ skills such as creativity, critical thinking and empathy will be among the top three most important business skills. The RCA can help executives to develop their creative leadership and innovation skills.

'We want people to walk away with a critical path to making change in their business, organisations or their own individual working lives. This is about learning and doing things that you can implement back in your organisation.' 
– Professor Jeremy Myerson

Participants return to their companies or organisations with the skills, mindset and confidence they need to immediately apply what they’ve learned and deliver impact. 

2019/20 Executive Education 

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Service Design Masterclass: 25–26 November 2019 FULLY BOOKED

Creative Leadership: 28–29 November 2019 FULLY BOOKED

Design Thinking & Innovation NEW SPRING DATES: 19–20 March 2020  

New Service Design & Creative Leadership dates to be announced soon. Please register your interest to join the waiting list to be informed.

Previous courses include:

Designing Services & Products with Artificial Intelligence | Disruptive Market Innovation Through Design | Interior Design: The Future of Retail Design  | Future Trends & Global Innovation | Make it Better: Inclusive Design for Healthcare | Space for Thought: Creating Workplaces for Innovation  

Our masterclasses are suitable for individuals and small teams. If you would like to book more than one place please get in touch as we can offer special group rates.

Custom Programmes

The RCA is renowned for teaching and incubating real-world innovation and is recognised as the world’s leading university for Art and Design for five consecutive years in the QS World University Rankings in the Art and Design subject area in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Our experts can develop custom executive education programmes for business, government, the public sector and universities globally.

Many of our existing open executive education and 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 programmes

Please get in contact if you would like to discuss developing a custom programme:

Teaching and Learning Methodologies

We use a ‘learning by-doing’ model that draws upon the ethos of the RCA studio context, an immersive space where interdisciplinary and creativity push the boundaries of innovation.

Through a mixture of case studies, lectures, and small group exercises, you’ll gain the strategies, tools, and insights to solve your most challenging problems.

'The RCA bears not only the tradition, but also the excellence in pushing the courses, the programmes, the students from all over the world…we can feel here a great atmosphere of creativity.' 

– Nathalie Labourdette Head of EBU Academy, September 2018

Join a Network of Global Peers

Our courses are an opportunity to collaborate with a global network of peers. The RCA attracts high calibre individuals and organisations from different disciplines, industry backgrounds and nationalities to come on our courses. 

Past participants have come from a range of industries including: financial services, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, education, consulting, pharmaceuticals, advertising/marketing, museums, education, artists and designers.

Companies we have taught include: 

BAA plc, Bertelsmann, European Broadcasting Union, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Google, GlaxoSmithKline, Hong Kong Civil Service Bureau, ITOCHU, J.P. Morgan, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharjah Art Foundation, Singapore Airlines, Sony and Statoil.   

In 2017–18 we attracted participants from over 35 different nationalities and 9 out of 10 said that they would recommend the course to a friend or colleague.

Previous participants say:

'I've been able to apply what I learned course to my work as an innovation consultant, including leading mini design-thinking workshops internally and with our clients to help them develop new ways of working.' – Molly Russell, Freshfields LLP

'The presentations were international, focused, clear and full of impact in their delivery and design. What a privilege to study here at the RCA.' – Bertelsmann 

'It’s changed our mindset, we learned how to generate ideas rapidly, prototype and present. It was stimulating and enjoyable meeting other people from our company with complementary skillsets and a different outlook. The RCA gave us confidence to implement our learning.' – Fujitsu

Faculty Expertise

All our masterclasses are delivered by RCA academics who teach on our Master’s degrees. 

RCA faculty members are leading industry specialists and engage with companies across the globe on innovation projects, drawing on real-world industry experience, extensive research and proven frameworks. 

Our faculty of experts include: 

  • Zowie Broach, Head of Programme and Fashion Menswear and Fashion Womenswear.
  • Professor Graeme Brooker, Head of Interior Design and practising interior designer.
  • Dr Eleanor Dare, Acting Head of Programme for Digital Direction, expert in computer programming and digitally themed subjects. 
  • Dr Nick de Leon, Head of Programme for Service Design.
  • Dr Laura Ferrarello, Senior Tutor (Research). Investigates the social dynamics between digital and physical space/systems/interfaces, as generated by people’s experience of technology. 
  • Rama Gheerawo, Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. 
  • Clive Grinyer, Visiting Tutor in Service Design. Leader in design, innovation and customer experience.
  • Professor Ashley Hall, Professor of Design Innovation in the School of Design.
  • Dr Harriet Harriss qualified architect and coordinates the Interior Design Post-Graduate Research programme.  
  • Professor Jeremy Myerson, co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design
  • J Paul Neeley, Visiting Tutor in Service Design and consults in healthcare service design.
  • Dr Rob Phillips, Senior Tutor in Design Products.
  • Dr Rathna Ramanathan, Dean of Communication, expertise in intercultural communication design and typography.
  • Nicolás Rebolledo, Tutor in Service Design. Focused on the design and development of public service innovation processes. 
  • Adrian Shaughnessy, Visiting Tutor in Visual Communication and co-founder of the publishing imprint Unit Editions.
  • Anne Toomey, Head of Programme for Textiles, specialist in textile design, colour and materials.

Short Courses

You may also be interested in our Summer Courses.

Short Course dates for 2020 to be announced in December 2019.

Previous courses include:

Architecture Summer School | Contemporary Art Summer School | Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Theory and Practice | Designing Services & Products with Artificial Intelligence | Disruptive Market Innovation Through Design | Graphic Design: Editorial Design Summer Intensive | Graphic Design: Typography Summer Intensive | Interior Design: The Future of Retail Design | Future Trends & Global Innovation | Make it Better: Inclusive Design for Healthcare | Space for Thought: Creating Workplaces for Innovation  

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