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NUS group 2023

We can leverage world-class design research expertise and teaching from the Schools of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Design and Communication, and award-winning research centres and incubators, including the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Material Science Research Centre, the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre, Computer Science Research Centre and InnovationRCA.

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

  • We deliver courses on design thinking, service design, creative leadership, disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, human-centred design, artificial Intelligence, virtual reality and healthcare design.
  • Our courses feature access to notable guest speakers and leading practitioners.
  • We can tailor the curriculum for a day, a week, or several weeks over the course of a year with interrelated projects.
  • Courses can be delivered online, on-campus, hybrid or at partner organisations.
  • On-campus courses can feature off-site field trips to significant sites and studios across London.
  • Previous courses have been delivered in Korea, Dubai, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Germany and Mexico.

Courses for universities and training academies

We deliver custom executive education programmes for universities and company leadership training academies globally.

Clients include: Bertelsmann, Beijing Normal University, CHANEL, Donghua University, European Broadcasting Union: Academy, Fudan University, Imperial College London, ITV, Lego Design Academy, Majid al Futtaim: Leadership Institute, National University of Singapore: EMBA, PwC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Shanghai University and University of Europe.

Joint courses with business, government and the public sector

We collaborate with business, government, non-for-profits organisations and the public sector to jointly develop courses to meet the needs of their partners, clients and stakeholders.

Clients include: British Council, Design Museum, Dentsu Japan, Hertfordshire: Local Enterprise Partnerships, Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), London & Partners, PwC, TCS Consultants, UK Government and Civil Servants.

Current Executive Education Masterclasses here.

Download the RCA Executive Education Brochure 2021-22.

Explore business case studies here.

RCA Short Courses

Many of our existing short courses and summer schools can be adapted, combined or customised for the particular needs of an organisation. The short courses reflect the college’s unique studio-based learning philosophy with small class sizes, practical group work, rich interaction between students and academics, enhanced peer-to-peer networking and a certificate of achievement on completion.

We attract a global mix of participants with our programme suite that includes: architecture, communication design, contemporary art, curating, interior design and human-centred design courses.

We provide unparalleled opportunities to access our world-leading teaching, researchers, guest practitioners and facilities, as well as collaborate and connect with an international network of peers.

Learn more about RCA Short Courses and Executive Masterclasses here.

KIDP x RCA Global Design Workshop: Emerging Technology Futures

More information

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. Our courses are ideally suited for groups of 15 to 30 or more participants.

The process

During the enquiry stage, we will look closely at your circumstances and requirements in order determine the ideal format, with targeted questions that dive deep into:

  • 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).

After assessing your needs and discussing with your team, we will create an in-depth written proposal for your short course.

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:

Our custom courses can be delivered via live online sessions in a virtual learning 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 virtual learning platform
  • work with peers in breakout rooms using visual collaboration tools in real time

The RCA’s new state-of-the-art research and innovation Battersea campus was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and opened in 2022, marking the most significant campus development in the College’s history.

We run the majority of our in-person short courses from the top floor of the Rausing Research & Innovation Building – which boasts eight floors of dedicated independent and confidential research space for areas such as materials science, soft robotics, advanced manufacturing, intelligent mobility and AR/VR visualisation.

'The top floor spaces have been specifically designed for the delivery of Executive Education. It's an incredible space with windows all around and 360 degree views across London - simply put, it's a really lovely, immersive, inspiring place to learn.' Hattie Allen, Executive Education Manager

7th Floor Executive Education event spaces in Battersea, London.

Battersea Campus

Event Space, Level 7 Rausing Research & Innovation Building in Battersea

Event Space, Level 7 Rausing Research & Innovation Building in Battersea

Event Space, Level 7 Rausing Research & Innovation Building in Battersea

Terrace, Events Spaces, Rausing Building Battersea

View 7th Floor Terrace, Rausing Building Battersea

Contact us to discuss developing a custom programme:

Contact us

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

Email us at
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Short Courses team