Digital Media (Smart Zones)
The College's digital editing suites and software training facilities are available to students in all three College campuses.
The digital editing stations are a combination of high powered PC and Apple workstations. All are networked and equipped with video-editing and image-manipulation software, each complete with full audio capability.
The SmartZone are the Colleges dedicated digital spaces with general and specialist training facilities hosting a wide range of software applications for moving image, print and programming. And our Mechatronics Labs include bench areas with extraction so that students can explore combinations of mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, sensory, haptic, AI and machine learning.
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 Royal College of Art acknowledges with gratitude the support of LG, for their LG UltraWide Monitors.
"Media and Smart Technology, the new department within Technical Services supporting students with a comprehensive range of digital media."