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Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art offer a range of postgraduate programmes comprising Graduate Diploma, MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degree programmes, as well as summer school and executive education. Programmes and courses span the art, design, architecture, communications and humanities disciplines.



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.


The Royal College of Art (RCA) is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status devoted to research and knowledge exchange, teaching and practice in art, design, communication and humanities.


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’s extensive collection of material (access via the Library’s online catalogue) includes over 70,000 books on art and design and other complementary subjects, an expanding e-book collection, featuring critical and theoretical titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, a wide range of periodicals, and a collection of feature films and off-air TV recordings.

ICT services

Students and staff at the College are offered a wide variety of technology services, including:

  • Consultancy
  • Online Software Training
  • Digital Print
  • Directory
  • Noticeboards and Intranet
  • Email and Messaging
  • Equipment and Software Purchase

Medical services

NHS Entitlement

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 RCA is based in London, rated as the world's top student city in the 2019 QS Best Student Cities Rankings. Our three campuses are based in:

  • Battersea
  • Kensington
  • White City

Student clubs

The RCA Student Union is here to represent, enrich, entertain and empower you as a student. It is a hub of activity. The Union organises events that offer an opportunity for its members to get to know each other and to argue, agree, debate, dance, imagine and relax with those from different programmes. Alongside the student representation, the Union also provides an infrastructure for participation through a number of existing clubs and societies, as well as the opportunity to start new ones.

Student Reviews

"After rain, you will see the rainbow" process of my education :)
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

I am studying at TED University in Ankara now. Our department was opened 2 years ago, for this reason, we have limited teachers. In design studies, it is so important that different perspectives. I want to be open-minded also I want to see the world, people from different cultures, nations. I want to broaden my horizons and make designs for all of them. Understanding what...

An eye on RCA, Fine Art - Public Sphere program
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've done the first semester at Fine Art, Public Sphere's program at The RCA in London. The gathered lectures have been relevant and absolutely mind expanding. The professors are really well-trained and known within their field. It certainly feels like the best people within their branch are passing through the university at some point. Very impressing. Although the...

It a must be place to have opportunities.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I loved my time at RCA , the tutors and the colleague are very supportive and pushing to learn and grow within the right atmosphere and find the right place for yourself.

London, England, United Kingdom

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