Workshops for textiles include a large-scale printmaking workshop, a dedicated dye lab, mixed media and sewing workshop and extensive knit and weave facilities that include computerised handlooms, an industrial jacquard power loom with APSO software and a dobby power loom.
High-tech printing and knitting is also accessible with a state-of-the-art Shima digital knit facility located on the fifth floor and a Mimaki digital print room.
A dedicated fabric stockroom is located with the College Shop selling a variety of fabrics and a range of fashion related sundries while the specialist Yarn Resource is open to students three days per week.
Facilities in the Mixed Media & Sewing Workshop include various specialist machines, including single head computerised embroidery machines, flatbed and over-locking machines, a baby lock embellisher, Cornely, Omnistitch and Irish embroidery machinery, tufting machinery, Pfaff domestic sewing machines, princess pleaters, a pyrography machine and Bernina industrial and domestic machines with accessories.
As well as access to a variety of pigments for dye purposes the Dye Lab provides a baking cabinet, gas rings, hand-dyeing machinery, a hydro extractor (spinner), an industrial washing machine, large high-speed mixers, small/medium and large dye winches, a steamer, steam boilers, steam heated dye vats, and tumble dryers.
Finally the dedicated knit and weave floor has an aqua vac, cone-winding machine, dubied knitting machines, hank winding machine, domestic and industrial knitting machines including two Shima Seiki machines. There is also a powered yarn winder, steam press, yarn store, computerised hand looms an industrial jacquard power loom with APSO software, a dobby power loom, fan heater, filter cabinet, and powered and hand warping mills.
Access to a range of technical resources can be provided, and students are encouraged to use College-wide facilities, including the RCA Library, located in Kensington. Some facilities are subject to an induction and access is granted following an assessment of academic need.
3D Workshops – Facilities include a wood workshop, metal fabrication, engineering, plastics workshop and a resin and moulding studio. A spray booth is available for spray paint finishes and a number of bookable project and making spaces are also available. Digital making facilities support subtractive manufacturing in the form of laser cutting, CNC machining and plasma cutting. The equipment includes 3 and 4 axis bench top CNC and large-format CNC machines. Students are able to experience working with a variety of materials including plastic, wood, metal and synthetic media.
Ceramics & Glass – Facilities include areas for hot glass making, cold glass working, kiln forming, plaster model and mould making, plastic clay making, as well as clay and glaze development.
College Shop and Raw Materials Store – The stores sell a variety of graphics, art, fabric and haberdashery supplies, wood and acrylic, stationery and paper, as well as free hire of tools and ladders.
Print Shops - Provides various high-quality, large-format inkjet printing and vinyl cutting in colour, greyscale and black and white.
Fashion – Facilities include access to a fabric stockroom and specialist software within the College computing suite, as well as a wide variety of specialist sewing machinery, for both apparel and footwear, as well as dummies and finishing presses.
Textiles – Workshops for textiles include a large-scale printmaking workshop, a dedicated dye lab, mixed media and sewing workshop and extensive knit and weave facilities that include computerised handlooms, an industrial jacquard power loom with APSO software and a dobby power loom. High-tech printing and knitting is also accessible with a state-of-the-art Shima digital knit facility.
Jewellery & Metal – Processes available include anodising, CAD/CAM-milling, computer modelling and rapid prototyping, casting, electroforming, enamelling, forging, tool making, patination, plating, presswork, spark erosion and laser, MIG and TIG welding.
Lens-based Media and Audio Resources – Facilities include a variety of photography, animation and moving-image studios that provide filming, lighting and sound workshops.
Painting and Sculpture – Materials workshops are provided, as well as a stretcher service and well-equipped metal and wood workshops.
Printmaking – There are etching, lithography, intaglio, screen printing and letterpress areas available to students, as well as a digital suite with large-format digital printing and a reprographics workshop.
Resource Stores – Free hire of lens-based media and AV equipment.
SmartZone – The SmartZones across the College include training rooms and open-access computer areas. The technical workshops here showcase a variety of software and digital processes including group and 1:1 sessions with technologists.
"The students have access to an impressive range of facilities across the College, from glass-blowing, to rapid-prototyping, to textile weaving, to printmaking, to photography and film studios."