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  • 1 November 2022

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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.

Renowned alumni

  • 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, Philip Treacy, Christopher Bailey and Thomas Heatherwick.

Creative networks

  • 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.

Interdisciplinary connections

  • Our College-wide annual projects and challenges help our students find like-minded creatives to solve major global problems, grow their networks, or find future business partners.

A diverse community

  • An RCA student might be a career-changer, or come straight from an undergraduate course. We welcome students from over 70 countries, and offer a wide range of scholarships. A quarter of our students come from a non-arts background.

Build your career

  • From start-up support to tailored careers activities, to live projects with leading companies, charities and NGOs, the RCA helps move your career to the next level.

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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024: Art & Design

Life at the RCA

Our sites are located in the historic capital city of London, a vibrant cultural centre with an international outlook.

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The Royal College of Art provides the infrastructure, discipline-specific tooling and support for students to master the skills for their particular aesthetic and approach.

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The Student Support Team offers advice, information and support to all RCA students and offer-holders.

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The RCA is committed to celebrating diversity, eliminating discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity to all.

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