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Professional Development

The Royal College of Art is committed to ensuring that our students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed. 

Advice and practical workshops on all aspects of business are built into the curriculum of all our MA degrees, and upon graduating many alumni continue to be supported by a business aftercare scheme.

The RCA delivers a series of expert-led masterclasses, mentoring programmes, coaching sessions and inspirational events to assist Royal College of Art students and graduates find fulfilling and successful professional careers

The Professional Development service targets students who want to get a job and ensure that they are given the skills, knowledge and tools to do so. The aim is to give practical training that will either help graduates find the right job or be more confident and able to manage their own creative businesses and practices

The key theme of Employability is addressed through a series of interactive workshops and events involving experts.

We recognise the increasing challenges faced by graduates when trying to find employment. We offer a series of interactive workshops and events involving experts. These events enable students wishing to seek employment gain skills and confidence over the course of the year on issues such as

  • Working internationally
  • Getting the perfect job
  • Finding the right career
  • Employer's event

Blackburn Creative Seminars

We also host guest career-orientated seminars featuring guest speakers from key sectors of the creative industries. These seminars involve speakers outlining their sector, career journeys and lessons they have learnt.

InnovationRCA

InnovationRCA is the Royal College of Art’s centre for student and graduate enterprise, entrepreneurship and for intellectual property commercialisation. Our mission is to strengthen the culture of design innovation and entrepreneurialism at the Royal College of Art. It provides incubation and commercialisation support, enabling RCA graduates to transform compelling ideas into successful businesses or secure commercial licenses. So whether you want to set up a company or hear how other creative people in the Royal College of Art community have succeeded, have a look around the InnovationRCA website.

ReachOutRCA

ReachOutRCA is the Royal College of Art’s outreach programme, establishing inspirational and innovative exchanges between young people, their teachers and the RCA community.

ReachOutRCA provides focused support and tutorials to around 40 students and graduates who lead our workshops each year. Some already have experience of working in participatory contexts, while others have not been in a classroom since they were at school. Whatever their experience, we work closely with each workshop leader to plan and deliver a workshop that is considered, ambitious and inspiring.

Our programme encourages students and graduates to articulate their ideas and working methods to those outside their peer group, develop teaching skills and experience, and consider themselves within a community of practice within and beyond the College. To find out more, take a look at some of our recent projects.

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InnovationRCA

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"The RCA is committed to ensuring that our students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed."
"We help curious, creative people up their game and make smart choices about their professional lives."
"Our mission is to strengthen the culture of design innovation and entrepreneurialism at the Royal College of Art." InnovationRCA
"Working with ReachOutRCA was an incredibly valuable experience for me." Betsy Dadd

Animation graduate and ReachOutRCA workshop leader