Royal College of Art

United Kingdom



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Mission statement

The Royal College of Art aims to achieve international standards of excellence in the postgraduate and pre-/mid-professional education of artists and designers and related practitioners. It aims to achieve these through the quality of its teaching, research and practice and through its relationship with the institutions, industries and technologies associated with the disciplines of art and design.

The College aims to achieve these standards of excellence:

  • by fostering a high level of understanding of the principles and practices of art and design
  • by encouraging individual creativity among staff and students
  • by recruiting students of proven ability and by providing pre-professional and post-experience study opportunities
  • by continuously enhancing appropriate links and collaborations with industries and professional bodies
  • by exploring the innovative applications of technologies and processes to the disciplines of art and design
  • by encouraging awareness of social and environmental developments insofar as they relate to art and design
  • and through co-operation and partnership with other institutions

Main focus

MA, MPhil, PhD The RCA is the world's only wholly postgraduate university institution of art and design.

Faculties and departments

  • School of Architecture
  • School of Communications
  • School of Design
  • School of Fine Art
  • School of Humanitie
  • School of Material


School of Architecture:

  • Architecture
  • City Design
  • Environmental Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • MRes RCA: Architecture Pathway

School of Communications

  • Animation
  • Information Experience Design
  • Visual Communication
  • MRes RCA: Communication Design Pathway

School of Design

  • Design Products
  • Global Innovation Design
  • Innovation Design Engineering
  • Service Design
  • Vehicle Design (Intelligent Mobility from September 2017)
  • MRes RCA: Design Pathway

School of Fine Art

  • Contemporary Art Practice
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Print
  • Sclupture
  • MRes RCA: Fine Art Pathway

School of Humanitie

  • Critical & Historical Studies
  • Critical Writing in Art & Design
  • Curating Contemporary Art
  • V&A/RCA History of Design
  • MRes RCA: Humanities Pathway

School of Material

  • Ceramics & Glass
  • Fashion Womenswear
  • Fashion Menswear
  • Jewellery & Metal
  • Textiles
  • MRes RCA: Material Pathway

Research activity and main areas

The College has a large number of international, full- and part-time research students who are part of a cohesive staff and student body, sharing studios and workshops with MA students, and participating in seminars and other departmental activities. Research takes place within the 18 departments of the College, each of which has its own specific research areas. Current Research Activity Alongside the broad areas described below, individual staff members have their own interests and expertise. Detailed information about individual, group, departmental and student research (including research centres) can be found on the College website.

Research is also undertaken in the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Inclusive Design based in the College’s Steven’s building.

Doctorate level programs

All departments (above) award MPhil and PhD degrees (2-6 years)

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Head of institution:
Mr. Paul Thompson
Rector and Vice-Provost Dr

Visiting address:
Kensington Gore GB-SW7 2EU
United Kingdom

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