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Royal College of Art

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Kensington, London United Kingdom

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# 1QS WUR Ranking By Subject

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About Royal College of Art

Make change at the world’s #1 university for art and design.

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading art and design university, having been ranked for ten consecutive years as the world’s number 1 art & design university (2015-2024) in the QS World University subject rankings. Our postgraduate programmes enable you to tackle complex issues, push the boundaries of your practice, build your networks, and find your voice as a professional in a changing world.

Committed to creating the next generation of artists, designers, researchers, creators and innovators, the RCA’s world-leading academic and technical services staff will guide and challenge you to push the boundaries of your practice. As the world’s largest community of postgraduate-only art and design students, you will be part of a collective of inspirational creative peers opening up new opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The RCA offers a Graduate Diploma conversion programme and Master’s, MPhil, MRes and PhD degrees. Based around the five Schools of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Communication, Design and Research, the broad range of disciplines on offer is based on a strong foundation of practice-based research and integrates STEAM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics - providing a unique and transformative experience.

“I think it's a pretty magical space, with this energy that you most likely don't get again in life. You work next to like-minded people and you can immediately talk about things, exchange thoughts and push your practice further. It's motivating to come back every day and see everyone. It’s different from having a studio by yourself.”
• Theresa Weber, Sculpture MA 

Visit RCA2024, our graduating students' exhibition

Join us for a series of exhibitions, events and activities, showcasing the work of graduating RCA students, running from 20 June to 4 August in London.

Our Global Creative Community

Students come to the College from across the globe and bring with them a wide range of backgrounds, educational approaches and experiences - due to the cross-disciplinary nature of our work, and our growing range of courses, nearly 25% of students now come to the RCA with a Bachelor's degree in a subject other than art, design or architecture. Studying here means you'll be part of a network of inspiring students and alumni in a city known for creative culture, and part of the RCA’s rich history since its formation in 1837. Chat with our students to find out about their RCA experience.

Both the RCA and London as a whole are hubs of activity; full of places where you can socialise, explore and make new discoveries.

Our London campus is spread throughout the heart of one of the world’s most creative cities, with sites in the historic surroundings of Kensington, the future-thinking hub of White City and the cultural quarter in Battersea.

Our facilities and technical equipment are amongst the best of their kind in the world and support students in their explorations of the creative possibilities of both the new and innovative and traditional craft skills.

“I learnt how to work with people and with communities, just understanding different points of view and bringing that together. Coming to RCA with the idea of: ‘What are the things I could make?’ has completely shifted to: ‘how can we get together and make things?’”
• Rashmi Bidasaria, Design Products MA

Scholarships and funding

The RCA offers a wide range of scholarships and bursary schemes, open to UK and International students, and across our full range of courses. We also provide advice on external funding options. Visit our website for more information about our schemes and how to apply for them.

Where will the RCA take you?

Whatever your creative career aspirations, the RCA can help you realise them. A qualification from the world’s number one ranked university for Art & Design has proven invaluable to the careers and practice of thousands of graduates. You too could be part of our international network of creative individuals who have shaped, and continue to shape, the world surrounding us, and address some of the biggest global challenges of our time.

Events for Prospective Students

To provide prospective students with opportunities to find out about the RCA experience and programmes we run a number of on-campus and online open days as well as events in various countries around the world. You can find out about upcoming events or watch replays of past open days on the RCA website.  

“Throughout my academic career I’ve been interested in how to bring art and science together, while thinking about what the environment is in terms of perception, philosophy and anthropology. I came to the RCA because the architecture programmes provided lines of research that expanded my core belief about different ways of thinking about ecological systems and how we affect them.”
• Yussef Agbo-Ola, Environmental Architecture MA 


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About Royal College of Art

Make change at the world’s #1 university for art and design.

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading art and design university, having been ranked for ten consecutive years as the world’s number 1 art & design university (2015-2024) in the QS World University subject rankings. Our postgraduate programmes enable you to tackle complex issues, push the boundaries of your practice, build your networks, and find your voice as a professional in a changing world.

Committed to creating the next generation of artists, designers, researchers, creators and innovators, the RCA’s world-leading academic and technical services staff will guide and challenge you to push the boundaries of your practice. As the world’s largest community of postgraduate-only art and design students, you will be part of a collective of inspirational creative peers opening up new opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The RCA offers a Graduate Diploma conversion programme and Master’s, MPhil, MRes and PhD degrees. Based around the five Schools of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Communication, Design and Research, the broad range of disciplines on offer is based on a strong foundation of practice-based research and integrates STEAM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics - providing a unique and transformative experience.

“I think it's a pretty magical space, with this energy that you most likely don't get again in life. You work next to like-minded people and you can immediately talk about things, exchange thoughts and push your practice further. It's motivating to come back every day and see everyone. It’s different from having a studio by yourself.”
• Theresa Weber, Sculpture MA 

Visit RCA2024, our graduating students' exhibition

Join us for a series of exhibitions, events and activities, showcasing the work of graduating RCA students, running from 20 June to 4 August in London.

Our Global Creative Community

Students come to the College from across the globe and bring with them a wide range of backgrounds, educational approaches and experiences - due to the cross-disciplinary nature of our work, and our growing range of courses, nearly 25% of students now come to the RCA with a Bachelor's degree in a subject other than art, design or architecture. Studying here means you'll be part of a network of inspiring students and alumni in a city known for creative culture, and part of the RCA’s rich history since its formation in 1837. Chat with our students to find out about their RCA experience.

Both the RCA and London as a whole are hubs of activity; full of places where you can socialise, explore and make new discoveries.

Our London campus is spread throughout the heart of one of the world’s most creative cities, with sites in the historic surroundings of Kensington, the future-thinking hub of White City and the cultural quarter in Battersea.

Our facilities and technical equipment are amongst the best of their kind in the world and support students in their explorations of the creative possibilities of both the new and innovative and traditional craft skills.

“I learnt how to work with people and with communities, just understanding different points of view and bringing that together. Coming to RCA with the idea of: ‘What are the things I could make?’ has completely shifted to: ‘how can we get together and make things?’”
• Rashmi Bidasaria, Design Products MA

Scholarships and funding

The RCA offers a wide range of scholarships and bursary schemes, open to UK and International students, and across our full range of courses. We also provide advice on external funding options. Visit our website for more information about our schemes and how to apply for them.

Where will the RCA take you?

Whatever your creative career aspirations, the RCA can help you realise them. A qualification from the world’s number one ranked university for Art & Design has proven invaluable to the careers and practice of thousands of graduates. You too could be part of our international network of creative individuals who have shaped, and continue to shape, the world surrounding us, and address some of the biggest global challenges of our time.

Events for Prospective Students

To provide prospective students with opportunities to find out about the RCA experience and programmes we run a number of on-campus and online open days as well as events in various countries around the world. You can find out about upcoming events or watch replays of past open days on the RCA website.  

“Throughout my academic career I’ve been interested in how to bring art and science together, while thinking about what the environment is in terms of perception, philosophy and anthropology. I came to the RCA because the architecture programmes provided lines of research that expanded my core belief about different ways of thinking about ecological systems and how we affect them.”
• Yussef Agbo-Ola, Environmental Architecture MA 


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Available programs

Specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers Graduate Diploma, MA, MRes, MFA, MDes, MArch, MEd, MPhil and PhD qualifications across the disciplines of fine art, architecture, applied art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 2,800 masters and doctoral students from 90 countries and more than 1,000 professionals interacting with them – including scholars, leading art and design practitioners, along with specialists, advisors and distinguished visitors. The RCA is the most concentrated community of artists, designers and communicators to be found anywhere; a community focused on art in a design environment and design in an art environment. At the College’s heart is a firm belief in project-based education, face-to-face teaching and learning and professional orientation. We aim to bring talented students of great variety and complexity together - whatever their background. www.rca.ac.uk

University information

Admissions requirements vary slightly depending on the program. Candidates are selected for places entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world.

For the majority of programs the first part of the entrance examination consists of an assessment of the application and portfolio of work, followed by an interview. For some programs this will also include a a practical test.

You should be able to meet both the cross-college requirements and individual program Requirements. Please visit the website for more details.


Open Days

Open Days are great opportunity to visit the RCA and are usually held between November and March of each academic year. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet staff and students, find out detailed information about our Programmes and view our campus and facilities. Forthcoming Open Day dates can be found on the website here.

We would also recommend coming along to our annual graduate Shows which take place in June/July each year. The Show offers visitors the opportunity to meet graduating students and experience their work first-hand.

Find out more at www.rca.ac.uk

The facilities and technical equipment at the RCA support students in their explorations of the creative possibilities of the new and the traditional, and the interplay between them.

State-of-the-art new buildings, workshops and studios are added to the college estate annually, providing the facilities, skills and support that will produce the next generation of creatives and entrepreneurs.

Find more information about the college's specialist art and design facilities on the RCA website.


Alumni from all programs and generations at the Royal College of Art continue to play an instrumental role in defining art and design as we know it. Every year scores of RCA alumni are recognised around the world as innovators and leaders in their disciplines, making headlines on both a national and international scale. From established alumni such as Christopher Bailey, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Asif Kapadia, and Ridley Scott to more recent graduates such as Saul Nash, Judah Armani, Lewis Hornby, Phoebe Cummings and Roland Lamb – all are leading thinkers, makers and researchers transforming the world through art and design.

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

Royal College of Art is one of the top public universities in London, United Kingdom. It is ranked #1 in QS WUR Ranking By Subject 2024.

QS WUR Ranking By Subject

  • 2015
    #1
  • 2016
    #1
  • 2017
    #1
  • 2018
    #1
  • 2019
    #1
  • 2020
    #1
  • 2021
    #1
  • 2022
    #1
  • 2023
    #1
  • 2023
    #1
  • 2024
    #1
  • 2024
    #1

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