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Royal College of Art

Kensington Gore London View map
United Kingdom
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Established in 1837, the Royal College of Art is the world’s oldest art and design university in continuous operation, with a tradition of innovation and excellence in creative education.

In 2019, the RCA was ranked as the number one Art and Design university in the world – for the fifth consecutive year – by the QS World University Subject Rankings.

The RCA is wholly postgraduate, offering a Graduate Diploma conversion programme and Master’s, MPhil, MRes and PhD degrees. Based around the four Schools of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Communication and Design, 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.

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. Surrounded by some of the most important cultural institutions – from the BBC to the V&A, the Serpentine Gallery and the Natural History Museum – and leading creative spaces, inspiration is just outside the studio doors.  

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.

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

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  David Adjaye, 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.

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Graduate Diploma in Art & Design

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