Royal College of Art


The Royal College of Arts. Image courtesy of the Royal College of Arts.


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

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.



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.