The RCA is the world’s leading art and design university – named as the world’s number one for five years running in the QS University Rankings

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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 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. 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 92% employer reputation rating in the QS World Rankings. This score, based on over 42,000 global employer votes including the likes of Facebook, Google, Uber and WellsFargo, highlights the impact RCA graduates have on their employers. The RCA is also one of the UK’s leading universities for graduate start-ups emphasising the entrepreneurial nature of their alumni.

International Students

The RCA is exceptionally diverse, with students from 65 countries coming together to form a student body that reflects the cultural 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 a number of events at the beginning of the academic year.

What Students Say:

“It’s a really hybrid community. Being surrounded by all these different cultures, you form different understandings and different appreciations, which in turn informs the work you produce. You get different perspectives and different views on how your work could be read and perceived from a certain culture. It has opened me up more and it’s been a really exciting part of my experience here.”

Ahaad Alamoudi, MA Print, 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.
Location

Royal College of Art Location

Kensington Gore, Kensington and Chelsea, SW7 2EU

Student Testimonials

“It’s a really hybrid community. Being surrounded by all these different cultures, you form different understandings and different appreciations, which in turn informs the work you produce. You get different perspectives and different views on how your work could be read and perceived from a certain culture. It has opened me up more and it’s been a really exciting part of my experience here.”

“My work has become much more research-focused, which is the foundation of a good design process. This is partly because the programme gave me the time and space to think deeply about how research is done and to come up with research methods which I could then take with me into my professional life.”

“The whole class is really mixed. There are some people who have animation backgrounds, but there are also people from other backgrounds, like fine art or illustration. It’s inspiring to see that people have such different styles and approaches to making films.”

“Something else that can't be underestimated is the experience of living in London. I have loved having the opportunity to learn more about the London design scene. There's a real sense that people are testing things out here, and embracing the international nature of design.”

“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.”

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