Royal College of Art

London, England, United Kingdom
The Royal College of Art or RCA is a public research university in London, in the United Kingdom. It offers postgraduate degrees in art and design to students from over 60 countries.



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.

Master's Programmes


Student services

Visa and immigration advice, assistance with extending students visas, information on staying in the UK after studies as well accessing healthcare and other aspects of life in the UK as an international student.

Housing services


  • It is quite common for a group of students (usually three or more) to rent a house together. Usually each person has their own room and the lounge, kitchen and bathroom are shared.
  • Flats are more commonly rented between two or three students. Conditions are similar to a house, but a flat is smaller. It might be part of a large house divided into five or six flats, or a block of purpose-built flats.
Studio Flats
  • A studio is basically a one-bedroom flat. It is a large all-purpose room, with a separate kitchen and bathroom (usually small). It is suitable for one person or at most, a couple. It is an expensive option for a single student.

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

Student Life

Campus life

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.

  • Kensington Campus
  • Battersea Campus

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London, England, United Kingdom