The facilities and technical equipment at the RCA support students in their explorations of the creative possibilities of the new and the traditional, and the interplay between them.
The College provides specialist facilities to enrolled students, as well as bookable gallery spaces, library facilities and social spaces.
Workshops – Facilities include a wood workshop, metal fabrication, engineering, plastics workshop and a resin and moulding studio. A spray booth and a number of bookable project and making spaces are also available. Digital making facilities support subtractive manufacturing in the form of laser cutting, CNC machining and plasma cutting. Students are able to experience working with a variety of materials including plastic, wood, metal and synthetic media.
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 Raw Materials Store – We sell a variety of supplies and materials. Hire of tools and ladders is also available.
Print Shops – These provide various high-quality, large-format inkjet printing and vinyl cutting in colour, greyscale and black and white.
Fashion – Facilities include a wide variety of specialist sewing machinery, for both apparel and footwear, as well as dummies and finishing presses.
Textiles – Workshops include large-scale printmaking, a dedicated dye lab, a mixed media and sewing workshop. and extensive knit and weave facilities that include computerised, industrial and digital facilities.
Jewellery & Metal – Processes available include anodising, CAD/CAM-milling, computer modelling and rapid prototyping, casting, electroforming, 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.
Printmaking – There are etching, lithography, intaglio, screen printing and letterpress areas available to students, as well as large-format digital printing and reprographics.
Resource Stores – Hire lens-based media and AV equipment.
Computing – Well-equipped and evolving digital spaces across the College include training rooms and open-access computer areas. Technologists provide training and support for a variety of software and digital processes. We also support physical computing and extended reality (augmented and virtual reality).