A Global Creative Hub
The Royal College of Art lies within London’s hub of historic museums and universities giving it access to a huge range of activities and events.
In Kensington, the College is partnered with neighbouring institutions including the Science Museum, Imperial College London, the Royal College of Music, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, both in research and business, giving it a truly prestigious network.
The UK Treasury-backed expansion at Battersea, meanwhile, cements the RCA’s position at the centre of a vibrant hub of creative companies and designers. A third hub for communication, architecture, humanities and their integrated practices in London’s newest research and creative quarter, the regenerated BBC Media Village in White City, launches in autumn 2017.
Every year the College hosts free and public-facing series of RCA Talks across Fine Art, Architecture and Design, featuring some of the best-known names in their field. Over the years, students have had the opportunity to hear creative luminaries including Gianni Versace, Thomas Hirschhorn, David Chipperfield, David Hockney and Ezio Manzini.
Internally, visiting professorships and artist residences give students access to workshops and crits with creative pioneers, including performance artist and video pioneer Joan Jonas, Dr Jieun Kim, formerly of Arts et Métiers ParisTech, and Dr Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan.