Lens-based Media and Audio Resources

Lens-based Media and Audio Resources are housed in studios and darkrooms in Battersea, as well as a new photographic resource in Kensington and facilities located at White City.

Facilities in Battersea include a 50-inch C-Type colour printer alongside our colour and black-and-white darkrooms and 12-colour inkjet printing facilities. The digital workshop offers a high-end dedicated retouching suite with state-of-the-art workstations installed with the full Adobe suite and calibration equipment, Imacon film and flatbed Epson scanners with workstations and calibrated displays and Wacom tablets. Viewing lamps, multimedia projection facilities, cutting, print finishing and viewing area are located within the workshop. There are fully equipped bookable studios.

The photographic resource in Kensington offers dedicated support for shooting stills. This studio has two photographic setups, and comes equipped with Profoto flash and Canon 5DSRS camera and lenses. The accompanying edit suite has three Apple Mac Pro stations with SpectraView monitors, A4 Epson flatbed scanners and Wacom drawing tablets. With support for students in photographing their work.

At White City we offer specialist sound recording resources, a dedicated capture studio for doing live action, green screen and motion mapping work along with high-end editing booths in an acoustically controlled environment.

It is expected that students will possess their own basic camera outfit, and to complement this students can access the RCA Resource Stores to borrow various photographic cameras, accessories and AV equipment.

Equipment available includes a range of digital still and moving-image cameras, including Canon 5D Mk2s, Nikon D800 and Hasselblads with a wide range of various format cameras and lenses, from 35mm to 10 x 8, including Hasselblad, Linhof and Mamiya.

When appropriate, students working with installations and objects and may approach technical staff for practical advice.

College-wide Facilities

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.

"A wide variety of lens based media and sound resources are available across all sites."