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“Three days of inspiring and engaging content from a knowledgable and fun team. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any teams looking to learn more about empathy, clarity and creativity in not only their professional day-to-day but also their life outside of work. You will leave bubbling with ideas and excited about a future we can create: one that is inclusive, compassionate, kind and valued! Thank you RCA!”

Custom Creative Leadership course participant 2020


The RCA is renowned for teaching and incubating real-world innovation.

Every year, leading companies and organisations from around the world choose to work with the RCA on custom executive education programmes that address the strategic goals, unique challenges and opportunities of their organisation.

Our custom programmes are designed to address specific business challenges through the use of practical tools such as design thinking and people-centred innovation, with reference to real-world projects, experiences and case studies, while developing productive new networks among participants.

Our existing courses can be adapted and tailored to the needs of your organisation and we deliver them online at the moment.

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.

Custom executive education

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In consultation with organisations, we can develop a tailored curriculum for a day, a week, or several weeks over the course of a year with interrelated projects.

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.

During the enquiry stage, we will ask a series of questions to determine the ideal format. We would like to better understand:

  • your programme goals and objectives
  • specific topics or subjects to cover
  • target audience (size of cohort, executive level)
  • timing and duration (potential dates and frequency of delivery)
  • how it fits with broader development and strategic goals
  • location
  • potential budget for the custom programme (see open Executive Masterclasses for examples).

We will assess your needs, begin conversations with your team and follow with a written proposal.

Once an agreement has been signed, the RCA will assign a member of the RCA faculty team whose expertise align with your goals and objectives to lead the programme.

We will collaborate with you throughout the process to ensure that we design, develop and deliver tailored learning solutions that meet your specific needs. Following each programme, we capture participant feedback, conduct a client debriefing and refine content as needed for future programmes.

Each custom programme is delivered by a leading RCA faculty member whose subject-matter expertise aligns with your specific learning objectives and strategic goals.

Programmes focus on cutting-edge innovations and our key areas of expertise include:

We can leverage world-class design research and researchers, unrivalled design expertise and teaching, and the widest range of established disciplines to be found across the design spectrum. These span our Schools of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Design and Communication.

Our award winning research centres and incubators include the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, the Burberry Material Science Research Centre, the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre and InnovationRCA.

Our graduates lead and influence many of the world’s global businesses, including Burberry, Kia Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Porsche and Samsung and Apple.

Our custom courses are organised in synchronous sessions in a live virtual environment.


  • engage with the RCA’s esteemed academics and facilitators via an audio & video conferencing service with simultaneous translation and captioning (where applicable)
  • access resources on the College's learning platform
  • work with peers in breakout rooms using visual collaboration tools in real time

We have delivered courses worldwide in countries as diverse as Dubai, Finland, Norway, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Mexico.

Explore some our most recent case studies with businesses:

Explore some our most recent case studies with universities and the public sector:

On-site courses are taught at our central London Kensington, Battersea and White City sites.

The RCA's historic Kensington campus is located in the 'Albertopolis' district of London, alongside the Victoria and Albert Museum and Imperial College, flanked by Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park – the largest green space in London – and next to the Royal Albert Hall.

Our state-of-the-art facilities and collaborative learning spaces, combined with our central London location, create an exciting environment that supports both personal and professional growth, and maximises learning potential.

We are 40 minutes from Heathrow airport.

Please note that we deliver our courses exclusively online at the moment.

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

Example two-day course timetable (PDF).

Contact us

Get in touch to find out how we can help your business succeed.

Email us at
[email protected]
Peter Christian & Hattie Allen