- 1 November 2022
- 1 minute
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- 1 November 2022
- 1 minute
Why choose the RCA?
Teaching and research expertise
- The opportunity to learn from world-leading academic staff. We are the only UK art and design university where all academics are research active – meaning everything we teach is related to cutting-edge research.
- Our 20,000 alumni are leaders in their disciplines, making national and international headlines. Alumni include Henry Moore, Bridget Riley, David Hockney, Sir Ridley Scott, Sir Frank Bowling, Sir James Dyson, Tracey Emin, Sir David Adjaye, Philip Treacy, Christopher Bailey and Thomas Heatherwick.
- The RCA is the world’s largest concentration of postgraduate artists and designers, representing the largest talent-base and most opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration available at Master’s and doctoral level.
- A central London location internationally renowned for creativity, culture and innovation with easy access to the rest of the UK and Europe to complete your international experience.
Engineers grow new materials from bacteria?
Shellworks was co-founded by RCA alumni to create a plastic-free future. They work with bacteria to produce materials that are truly compostable, aesthetic, performant and cost competitive.
Artists generate gardens from data?
Orbital Bloom is a virtual garden that combines data reporting with the creativity of digital arts, algorithmic tracking, and AI to incentivise and express meaningful climate action.
School of Architecture
Collaborate and gain an unparalleled opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary design practice and research.
School of Arts and Humanities
Bridges research and study in the fine and applied arts together with curating, writing and the history of design.
School of Communication
Develops the critical tools needed to amplify marginalised voices and connect people in supporting positive change.
School of Design
Engage with design on multiple levels, from the highly conceptual to the deeply practical, with a strong culture of innovation, experimentation and debate.
“As a student at the RCA you are provided with a range of opportunities, including the chance to engage with industry and to take part in collaborative projects working across different arts and design disciplines. As a student, I was challenged to think differently about the impact of design on the world.”Architecture MRes graduate, CEO & Founder at Olombria
“This course has really given me the free reign to focus on what I was trying to do, for all this time without having a focus.”Graduate Diploma – Communication
“After studying in Los Angeles, I continued at the RCA because I wanted to write with relevance and integrity. The programme gave me the confidence to engage with wide-ranging forms of research; my first book, Gay Bar, is a testament to the RCA’s expansive pedagogy.”Writing graduate, Freelance Writer and Author
“RCA opened my eyes to design on a global scale. I was surrounded by people from all over the world which contributed to my personal growth as a designer. Because of it’s name RCA opened the doors to many opportunities for me that may not have been possible otherwise.”Design Products graduate, Co-Founder & VP of Design at Crave
“I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet all those brilliant people. I was surrounded by academic staff who were more than just teachers. They were esteemed professionals in their field who were willing to share their insight and guide their students by providing feedback and constructive criticism.”Animation graduate, Freelance Animator and Educator
“The flexibility and expansive reach of the Architecture programme at the RCA was something that really attracted me. I wanted to explore the intersections of architecture; how it affects the world around us in interesting and unexamined ways. I had such a transformative experience studying in London.”Architecture graduate
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