A global creative community
London offers the artist and designers a creative melting pot, and is the best city in the world for students (QS Best Student Cities ranking 2024). Home to an international community of designers and artists, London is a global centre for culture, from fashion to film. The city has an array of amazing social and cultural opportunities, with a wide variety of bars, cinemas, theatres and other entertainments.
“London is diverse, vibrant and inspired... With so much happening in this city, there’s always something to do, see or experience. When I’m not busy working in the studio or library, I find myself visiting many museums and sampling new cuisines. What a place to be!”Intelligent Mobility MA, 2018
The RCA has had its roots in Battersea for over 25 years, and has contributed to this developing cultural quarter in London. As well as world-leading facilities and technical support to underpin our academic teaching, the Battersea campus boasts a rich cultural offering of scheduled talks by leading artists, curators, writers and critics, including the School of Arts & Humanities Research Lecture Series, exhibitions and events.
The RCA has recently unveiled its new campus in Battersea – the most significant campus development in the College’s history.
In 2016, the RCA was given exceptional funding by the UK Government to create a new building in Battersea, to house art and design programmes as well as Research Centres in Intelligent Mobility, Robotics and Material Futures, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and InnovationRCA.
This new flagship building is part of the RCA’s most exciting phase in its 185-year history, marking the College's transformation into a dynamic STEAM-focused postgraduate university (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). As the world’s leading art and design university, the expansion of the Battersea Campus enables the College to continue to compete globally and attract the highest calibre students and future entrepreneurs.
The new building is designed by Herzog & de Meuron and sits alongside the RCA’s existing Dyson, Woo and Painting Buildings.
Programmes based at Battersea in the 2022/23 academic year are:
- Arts & Humanities MPhil/PhD
- Arts & Humanities MRes
- Ceramics & Glass MA
- Computer Science MPhil/PhD
- Contemporary Art Practice MA
- Design Products MA
- Global Innovation Design MA/MSc (also at Imperial College London)
- Innovation Design Engineering MA/MSc (also at Imperial College London)
- Intelligent Mobility MA
- Intelligent Mobility MPhil/PhD
- Jewellery & Metal MA
- Materials Science MPhil/PhD
- Painting MA
- Photography MA
- Print MA
- Sculpture MA
The Royal College of Art's historic Kensington campus is iconic, 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.
Designed by H T Cadbury Brown and opened in 1962, the heart of the Kensington site is the Modernist Darwin Building, named for post-war Rector Robin Darwin (grandson of Charles Darwin).
Alongside taught programmes, in Kensington you'll find the RCA's extensive Library, including Special Collections and the Colour Reference Library; extensive Technical Services resources; Student Support and the Students' Union.
Programmes based at Kensington in the 2022/23 academic year are:
- Architecture MA
- Architecture MPhil/PhD
- Architecture MRes
- City Design MA
- Curating Contemporary Art MA
- Design MPhil/PhD
- Design MRes
- Environmental Architecture MA
- Fashion MA
- Healthcare & Design MRes
- Interior Design MA
- Service Design MA
- Textiles MA
- Writing MA
- History of Design MA (and at the V&A Museum)
- History of Design MPhil/PhD (and at the V&A Museum)
RCA White City
Located in the BBC Media Village, the RCA's White City is the newest addition to the RCA campus, and is equipped with state of the art bespoke studio, workshop and technical spaces that have been designed particularly for RCA students. The site adds a new dimension to the College's cultural offer, with opportunities for collaborations, exhibitions and events.
Programmes based at White City in the 2022/23 academic year are:
- Animation MA
- Communication MPhil/PhD
- Communication MRes
- Digital Direction MA
- Graduate Diploma Art & Design
- Information Experience Design MA
- Visual Communication MA