Royal College of Art

Why Royal College of Art?

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 2020, the RCA was ranked as the number one art and design university in the world – for the sixth 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. The four Schools of Architecture, Communication, Design and Arts & Humanities offer a broad range of disciplines, built on a strong foundation of practice-based research and integrates STEAM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics - providing a unique and transformative experience.

The RCA's 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 RCA’s strong employment outcomes are reflected in its 90% employer reputation rating in the QS World Rankings. Based on over 44,000 global employer votes including the likes of Facebook, Google, Uber and Wells Fargo, this score highlights the impact RCA graduates have on their employers. The RCA is also one of the UK’s leading universities for graduate startups emphasising the entrepreneurial nature of their alumni.

International Students

The RCA is exceptionally diverse, with students from 76 countries coming together to form a student body that reflects the international mix of London.

Students come to the RCA from across the globe and find themselves in a dynamic exchange of knowledge around shifts in technology and craft, art and design, communication, science and social relevance, which tackles the key global challenges of the 21st century.

The College aims to ensure that all international students are fully supported. The Student Support team can provide practical and personal help on a range of issues, from accommodation and disability support, to funding and finance, immigration and visas. Student Support also includes EAP (English for Academic Purposes) which provides language help for all students. We hold workshops, classes and 1:1 tutorials, as well as providing a wide range of advice.

In order to welcome incoming international students, the Student Support team host several events at the beginning of the academic year.

What Students Say:

“It really is an international programme, people come from very different subject backgrounds – such as engineering and computer design but also fine art, architecture and even astronomy. In the studios, first and second years are mixed, so you meet people and know what projects they are working on even if you aren’t working directly with them.”

Eun Kyung Shin, MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering, 2017

Quick Facts

  • Over 2,100 postgraduate students, 450 academic staff and 1,000 visiting lecturers
  • Notable alumni include David Adjaye, Jonathan Barnbrook, Derek Boshier, Christopher Bailey, James Dyson, Erdem, Tracey Emin, Lubaina Himid, David Hockney, Asif Kapadia, Chris Ofili, Thomas Heatherwick, Roland Lamb, Ridley Scott, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie
  • InnovationRCA, the College’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has produced the highest number of student spin-outs with university ownership in recent years in the UK
  • The 2014 REF rated the Royal College of Art the most research-intensive specialist art and design institution in the UK, with a higher proportion of its research judged world-leading than any of its competitors.

Contact

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Kensington Gore, Kensington and Chelsea, SW7 2EU

Student Testimonials

“It really is an international programme, people come from very different subject backgrounds – such as engineering and computer design but also fine art, architecture and even astronomy. In the studios, first and second years are mixed, so you meet people and know what projects they are working on even if you aren’t working directly with them.”