Royal College Of Art

The RCA offers 24 distinctive programmes across the art and design disciplines, delivered through six integral Schools. MA programmes and MPhil/PhD research are delivered through the Schools, with combined facilities and opportunities for cross-pollination. Each programme offers a full package of assisted learning through tutorials, seminars and support for individual and group projects, and learning is focused to give each student the support she or he needs to build expertise in their discipline.

As the world’s only wholly postgraduate university institution of art and design we specialise in teaching and research, offering MA, MPhil and PhD degrees across the disciplines of fine art, applied art, design, communications and humanities. Along with an impressive roll call of visiting professors, lecturers and advisors, our students are given first-class opportunities for major collaborations with cultural and industrial partners.

It all adds up to a creative environment that’s unrivalled - one of the most concentrated and exciting communities of artists and designers to be found anywhere on the pl... [ Read All ]


United Kingdom

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore
Phone: +44 (0)20 7590 4444
Fax: +44 (0)20 7590 4500

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Our Aims

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’.

Our mission is as follows:

‘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
encouraging individual creativity among staff and students
recruiting students of proven ability and by providing pre-professional and post-experience study opportunities
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Location and Getting there

The Royal College of Art is located in London on Kensington Gore, facing Hyde Park and next to the Royal Albert Hall. Along with a cluster of colleges and museums it forms part of an area now known as 'Albertopolis' – from Hyde Park stretching south to the Victoria and Albert Museum – which owes its existence to the Great Exhibition of 1851. The College has a new, purpose-built campus in Battersea, which houses the Sculpture and Painting programmes as well as the Moving Image Studio.

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Nearest tube: High Street Kensington, South Kensington
Buses: 9, 10, 52, 452

Royal College of Art, Battersea
15–25 Howie Street, London SW11 4AS

Sackler Building
14 Howie Street, London SW11 4AY
Nearest tube: Sloane Square
Buses: From Victoria Station: 170 to Battersea Bridge
From South Kensington: 49 & 345 to Parkgate Road
From Green Park or Sloane Square: 19 & 319 to Battersea Bridge


Department and information about the department

Fine art courses include Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Photography.  

Degree Shows
  • Show RCA 2012 (20-06-2012)

  • Academic Staff and Description

    The great majority of contracted academic staff who work at the College are, first and foremost, professional artists and designers. It’s this invaluable perspective – that of working art and design professionals, constantly embracing and evolving new ideas – that all our teaching staff are able to bring to their academic work. The majority of staff also conduct research, seeking to engage with issues that drive the various disciplines.

    Hundreds of visiting staff come to the RCA every year to provide lectures, seminars, masterclasses, crits and individual tutorials. They include pre-eminent artists, designers, intellectuals and business people from across the international stage; people who are attracted to the College because they like to share their knowledge and experience and to be involved. They know they will be working with extremely talented students – the professionals of tomorrow – and will be finding inspiration as well as providing it.  

    News and Events

    The RCA has a vibrant programme of exhibitions, events and talks, and gallery hire

    The RCA's galleries and lecture theatres are home to a lively programme of exhibitions, events and talks; most are free unless stated otherwise.
    We regularly present work by postgraduate students, lectures by leading art and design figures and academic symposiums. The College also hosts a number of fundraising sales, including RCA Secret, and external exhibitions organised by selected partners. To join the mailing list email  

    Information For  Undergraduates

    No undergraduate courses.  

    Information For  Postgraduates

    The RCA is wholly postgraduate, offering the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of fine art, applied art, design, communications and humanities.Some courses offer part-time options and we also run a post-experience programme.  

    Information For  International Students

    International students are welcome to apply. See website or prospectus for details.  


    RCA alumni include David Hockney, Ridley Scott, Tracey Emin, Peter Blake, Philip Treacy, Zandra Rhodes, Thomas Heatherwick, David Adjaye, Jake & Dinos Chapman and Chris Ofili.  

    Student Facilities

    Each department has its own specialised facilities - check the website for more details.  

    Student Support

    There is a student support office, including a dyslexia co-ordinator.  

    Student Life

    Student union, bar, cafe, lots of events.  

    Student Testimonials

    "At the RCA I became aware of myself as an artist."
    David Hockney, Painting graduate, 1962  


    We don't offer accommodation but student support office can help students with advice on finding housing.  

    How To Apply

    Deadline for applications is generally in January each year although sometimes application deadlines are extended. For up to date information visit the website.  

    Visit us (open days)

    Most open days usually run from November to January each year. Check website for details.  

    Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

    +44 (0)20 7590 4444