The Royal College of Art started life in 1837 as the Government School of Design, located in Somerset House in the Strand. Following the Great Exhibition of 1851, this relatively small-scale operation was radically transformed to accommodate art as well as design, leading the institution to be rechristened the National Art Training School at its new home in South Kensington.
Research at the RCA is undertaken across the range of art and design disciplines of the six Schools: Architecture, Communication, Design, Fine Art, Humanities and Material. Academic staff and research students contribute to the research culture of individual programmes and Schools, pioneering research that realises the particular insights that art and design can offer. In addition, four major research themes provide a trans- and interdisciplinary framework: Cultures of Curating; Design, Innovation and Society; Dialogues of Form and Surface; and Image and Language.
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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.
Students and staff at the College are offered a wide variety of technology services, including:
The Royal College of Art is split across two Central London sites, Kensington and Battersea. See below to find out which buildings are on which campus and the programmes that are run in each building.
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