Royal College of Art


Royal College of Art

Ranked the World's number one art and design university for six consecutive years (2015-2020)*

Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art is the most influential, wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world. RCA has been ranked the world's top art and design university for six consecutive years (2015 - 2020) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

Programmes of Study

The RCA offering 40 postgraduate programmes - including Master's, PhD and Graduate Diploma.

In addition, the College offers applicants and students English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses to support students in communicating in an academic art and design context. These includes 8-week and 4-week pre-sessional courses, before programmes begin, and offer in-sessional support during the academic year.

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Short Courses

The Royal College of Art offers a growing portfolio of short courses that include senior-level executive masterclasses, summer courses and custom executive education programmes for businesses and organisations.

Executive Education Courses

A programme of executive masterclasses designed specifically to provide senior-level professionals with the most important business skills for the twenty-first century, such as creativity, critical thinking and empathy.

  • Design Thinking & Innovation
  • Service Design Masterclass
  • Creative Leadership
  • Successful Entrepreneurship
  • Interior Design - Retail Futures

Visit the course webpages for future dates and to register your interest.

Summer School

Summer courses range from one day to three weeks, providing unparalleled opportunities for participants to access world-class expertise, studios and facilities. These courses are excellent tasters for RCA master's degrees.

  • Curating Contemporary Art and Design - Theory and Practice:
  • Graphic Design - Editorial Design Summer Intensive:
  • Disruptive Market Innovation Through Design
  • Architecture Summer School
  • Contemporary Art Summer School
  • ​Graphic Design - Typography Summer Intensive
  • Illustration - The Graphic Novel Summer Intensive

Fueling the Creative Industries

The RCA has a distinctive role in preparing its postgraduate students for careers in art, design and the creative sector – indeed the College is widely viewed as a crucible of the creative industries. Courses are taught by internationally renowned artists, designers, architects, writers, researchers and theorists, and students have a unique opportunity to study art in a design environment, and design in an art environment. Its concentrated, customised forms of teaching and learning – and dedicated technical facilities and research centres – contribute to an exceptionally creative and intellectual environment.

As well as welcoming students from over 80 countries, the College’s global dimension is enhanced through partnerships with leading art and design, cultural and educational institutions and through extensive links with business, both nationally and internationally.

According to the most recent figures, 93% of the College’s graduates have gained employment at an appropriate professional level in their chosen specialist field, within a short time of their leaving the College. These destination figures are a significant indicator of the RCA’s success.

Recognised for the outstanding quality of its graduates, the College boasts such note-worthy alumni as Sir James Dyson, Thomas Heatherwick, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Christopher Bailey, Len Deighton, Julien McDonald, Orla Kiely, Alison Jackson, Idris Khan, David Adjaye, AOC, Suzie Templeton, Sir Ridley Scott – the list goes on.



Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore

SW7 2EU London, England, United Kingdom

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