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Campus opening hours

Term Time

These are the periods during which teaching, assessment, any public exhibitions, the library and both supported and supervised technical services are fully operational.

Battersea & Kensington

Monday to Friday, 9am – 10pm.

Saturday, 10am – 8pm.

Closed on Sundays.

White City

Garden House: Monday to Friday, 9am – 10pm

Saturday, 10am – 8pm.

Closed on Sunday.

Media Works: Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm

Closed on Saturday & Sunday.

Library in Kensington

Monday to Friday, 9am – 10pm

Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon – 5pm.

Saturday is a staffed Library service.

Sunday is a security staff only service.

Non-Term Time

These are dates that fall outside the published term dates for your mode of study at the RCA, not including published College closure dates.

Kensington, Battersea & Garden House (White City)

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm

Closed on Saturday & Sunday.

MediaWorks (White City)

Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm.

Closed on Saturday & Sunday.

Library in Kensington

Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm.

Closed on Saturday & Sunday.

During non-term time, independent study and unsupported or unsupervised access to studios, limited technical services spaces and the library are available for students to use. However, the hours that this access is available may be different to term time, to allow for staff holidays and facilities maintenance.

It’s important to note that “non-term time” means that teaching, assessment, public exhibitions, technical orientations, inductions or consultations, or access to technical spaces that require staff supervision due to safety considerations will not normally take place.

College closure days

College campuses and buildings are closed on UK Bank Holidays and for annual official College Closure Days, which are listed below for the 2022/23 academic year:

  • Friday 24 December 2022 – Monday 2 January 2023 inclusive
  • Thursday 6 April 2023 – Tuesday 11 April 2023 inclusive
  • Monday 1 May 2023
  • Monday 29 May 2023
  • Monday 28 August 2023

Teaching dates

May 2022

Stage 1

9 May – 26 August

Stage 2

5 September – 16 December

September 2022

Stage 1

5 September – 16 December
Stage 2

3 January – 14 April

2021/22

Term 1

13 September – 17 December 2021 

Term 2

10 January – 1 April 2022

Term 3

25 April – 29 July 2022

Term 4

12 September – 16 December 2022

2022/23

Term 1

5 September 2022 – 16 December 2022
Includes independent study week 24 October – 28 October 2022.

Term 2

3 January 2023 – 14 April 2023
Includes an independent study week 20–24 February and College closure for Easter 7–10 April 2023.

Term 3

2 May 2023 – 11 August 2023
Includes independent study week 19–23 June 2023.

2023/24

Term 1

4 September – 15 December 2023
Including independent study week 23–27 October

Term 2

8 January – 19 April 2024
Includes independent study week 26 February – 1 March and College closure for Easter 29 March – 1 April

Term 3

7 May – 16 August 2024
Including independent study week 24–28 June

2024/25

Term 1

9 September – 20 December 2024
Including independent study week 28 October – 1 November

Term 2

6 January – 17 April 2025
Including independent study week 24–28 February; College closure for Easter 18–21 April

Term 3

6 May – 15 August 2025
Including independent study week 23–27 June

2025/26

Term 1

8 September – 19 December 2025
Including independent study week 27–31 October

Term 2

5 January – 17 April 2026
Including independent study week 23–27 February and College closure for Easter 3–6 April

Term 3

5 May – 14 August 2026
Including independent study week 22–26 June

2021/22

Term 1

27 September – 17 December 2021

Term 2

10 January – 1 April 2022

Term 3

25 April – 1 July 2022

2022/23 (Continuing MA students)

Term 1

26 September – 16 December 2022

Term 2

9 January – 31 March 2023

Term 3

17 April – 23 June 2023

2022/23 (New MA students)

Term 1

5 September – 16 December 2022
Includes independent study week 24 October – 28 October 2022

Term 2

3 January – 14 April 2023
Includes an independent study week 20–24 February and College closure for Easter 7–10 April 2023.

Term 3

2 May – 11 August 2023
Includes independent study week 19–23 June 2023.

2023/24

Term 1

4 September – 15 December 2023
Including independent study week 23–27 October

Term 2

8 January – 19 April 2024
Includes independent study week 26 February – 1 March and College closure for Easter 29 March – 1 April

Term 3

7 May – 16 August 2024
Including independent study week 24–28 June

2024/25

Term 1

9 September – 20 December 2024
Including independent study week 28 October – 1 November

Term 2

6 January – 17 April 2025
Including independent study week 24–28 February; College closure for Easter 18–21 April

Term 3

6 May – 15 August 2025
Including independent study week 23–27 June

2025/26

Term 1

8 September – 19 December 2025
Including independent study week 27–31 October

Term 2

5 January – 17 April 2026
Including independent study week 23–27 February and College closure for Easter 3–6 April

Term 3

5 May – 14 August 2026
Including independent study week 22–26 June

2021/22

Term 1

27 September – 17 December 2021

Term 2

10 January – 1 April 2022

Term 3

25 April – 1 July 2022

2022/23

Term 1

26 September 2022 – 16 December 2022

Term 2

9 January 2023 – 31 March 2023

Term 3

17 April 2023 – 23 June 2023

2023/24

Term 1

4 September – 15 December 2023
Including independent study week 23–27 October

Term 2

8 January – 19 April 2024
Includes independent study week 26 February – 1 March and College closure for Easter 29 March – 1 April

Term 3

7 May – 16 August 2024
Including independent study week 24–28 June

2024/25

Term 1

9 September – 20 December 2024
Including independent study week 28 October – 1 November

Term 2

6 January – 17 April 2025
Including independent study week 24–28 February; College closure for Easter 18–21 April

Term 3

6 May – 15 August 2025
Including independent study week 23–27 June

2025/26

Term 1

8 September – 19 December 2025
Including independent study week 27–31 October

Term 2

5 January – 17 April 2026
Including independent study week 23–27 February and College closure for Easter 3–6 April

Term 3

5 May – 14 August 2026
Including independent study week 22–26 June

2021/22

Term 1

13 September – 17 December 2021

Term 2

10 January – 1 April 2022

Term 3

25 April – 26 August 2022

2022/23

Term 1

5 September 2022 – 16 December 2022
Includes independent study week 24 October – 28 October 2022

Term 2

3 January 2023 – 14 April 2023
Includes an independent study week 20–24 February and College closure for Easter 7–10 April 2023.

Term 3

2 May 2023 – 11 August 2023
Includes independent study week 19–23 June 2023.

2023/24

Term 1

4 September – 15 December 2023
Including independent study week 23–27 October

Term 2

8 January – 19 April 2024
Includes independent study week 26 February – 1 March and College closure for Easter 29 March – 1 April

Term 3

7 May – 16 August 2024
Including independent study week 24–28 June

2024/25

Term 1

9 September – 20 December 2024
Including independent study week 28 October – 1 November

Term 2

6 January – 17 April 2025
Including independent study week 24–28 February; College closure for Easter 18–21 April

Term 3

6 May – 15 August 2025
Including independent study week 23–27 June

2025/26

Term 1

8 September – 19 December 2025
Including independent study week 27–31 October

Term 2

5 January – 17 April 2026
Including independent study week 23–27 February and College closure for Easter 3–6 April

Term 3

5 May – 14 August 2026
Including independent study week 22–26 June

2021/22

Term 1

13 September – 17 December 2021

Term 2

10 January – 1 April 2022

Term 3

25 April – 9 September 2022

2022/23

Term 1

5 September 2022 – 16 December 2022
Includes independent study week 24 October – 28 October 2022

Term 2

3 January 2023 – 14 April 2023
Includes an independent study week 20–24 February and College closure for Easter 7–10 April 2023.

Term 3

2 May 2023 – 11 August 2023
Includes independent study week 19–23 June 2023.

2023/24

Term 1

4 September – 15 December 2023
Including independent study week 23–27 October

Term 2

8 January – 19 April 2024
Includes independent study week 26 February – 1 March and College closure for Easter 29 March – 1 April

Term 3

7 May – 16 August 2024
Including independent study week 24–28 June

2024/25

Term 1

9 September – 20 December 2024
Including independent study week 28 October – 1 November

Term 2

6 January – 17 April 2025
Including independent study week 24–28 February; College closure for Easter 18–21 April

Term 3

6 May – 15 August 2025
Including independent study week 23–27 June

2025/26

Term 1

8 September – 19 December 2025
Including independent study week 27–31 October

Term 2

5 January – 17 April 2026
Including independent study week 23–27 February and College closure for Easter 3–6 April

Term 3

5 May – 14 August 2026
Including independent study week 22–26 June

Contact us

For any general enquiries, email us at

Email us at
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Darwin Building, Kensington