Royal College of Art

4.3 out of 5 (17 ratings / 15 reviews) Bayswater, United Kingdom
The London-based Royal College is the no. 1 university in the world for art and design (2021 QS World University Subject Rankings) offering master's, doctoral and graduate diploma programmes in art, design, architecture and communication

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The Royal College of Art started life in 1837 as the Government School of Design. Granted a Royal Charter and university status in 1967, today the RCA remains the world’s most influential postgraduate institution of art and design.


Our objectives are 'to advance learning, knowledge and professional competence particularly in the fields of fine arts, in the principles and practice of art and design in their relation to industrial and commercial processes and social developments and other subjects relating thereto, through teaching, research and collaboration with industry and commerce’.


RCA research addresses major societal challenges, including cities and mass migration; future mobility; healthcare and wellbeing; ageing populations; art, culture and conflict; ceramics and digital printing; future materials and sustainability; communication and identity design; and inclusive design.

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Student services

The Student Support team offers advice, information and support to all RCA students and offer-holders. Student Support offer confidential help and practical support at any point. We aim to be flexible and responsive and provide a welcoming place to come and talk things through. If you have any concerns of your own do come and see us or get in touch. 

Housing services

To find good accommodation in London, we highly recommend you visit different locations in the city. It is important that you view the room, flat or house you are renting from a potential landlord or agent before you pay any money to ensure that the accommodation offer is genuine. It is also very important you read the accommodation contract thoroughly before you sign and move in. 

Library services

The RCA Library is an inspiring and invaluable resource to inform and enhance study, research, teaching and studio practice at the College.

Our collections include over 70,000 books on art and design and other complementary subjects reflecting the full range of activity at the RCA. We have current subscriptions to a variety of journals and magazines as well as a collection of older titles.

ICT services

Guidance and best practice for implementation and use of software, hardware, workflows and services for administration, infrastructure, study, research or academic purposes.

Access to hundreds of software tutorial video courses on all major software and technologies form programming to audio and font design.

Medical services

If you are in the UK studying a full-time course lasting six months or more you will be entitled to access healthcare from the National Health Service (NHS). Most NHS service are free (for example consultations with a Doctor and emergency treatment), however you will be required to pay prescription costs and costs for any non-urgent treatment or operations you may need.

Student Life

Campus life

The Royal College of Art's sites – in Kensington, Battersea and White City – are located in three significant cultural quarters, each with their own unique character.

Sports facilities

The Student's Union organises Escape, the RCA's society for everything Sport and Adventure. Want to get fit, find a sport, or just get out more? This is your escape route...

Escape will organise anything from running in Hyde Park, squash and football, to climbing, canoeing and adventure weekends away. If you can think of a sport, Escape will try it! Events are publicised via College emails and the poster boards around College buildings.

Student clubs

The RCA Students’ Union (SU) is here to represent, enrich and entertain. The SU is a hub of activity. We organise events that offer an opportunity for students to get to know each other and to argue, agree, debate, dance, imagine and relax with those from different courses.  

Student Reviews

Feeling Remote
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My university generally is providing rich physical and digital resources for me to use. However, I don't feel engaged with the teaching methods very effectively.

RCA Fashion & Textiles
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great for exploring new innovative design and creativities.

Rich knowledgeable global and diverse University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant global university with intriguing research and learning facilities, tutors and experts.

Bayswater, England, United Kingdom

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