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The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading postgraduate university of art and design. Founded in 1837, it is also the world’s oldest art and design university in continuous operation and the most research intensive. The RCA has been ranked by the highly regarded QS survey, as the number one art and design university in the world for the five consecutive years in which the survey has been conducted between 2015 and 2019. A recent research study published in the Harvard Business Review October 2018, identifies the RCA as one of a select band of sustained, high performing institutions. The generations of world-leading designers and artists who have studied or taught at the RCA represent a roster of international repute.

The RCA has around 2,400 students from more than 75 countries, with ambitious plans both to increase student places to 3,000 by 2021/2 and to launch new programmes, underpinned by its world-class research. The RCA prides itself on its international diversity, with some 65 different nationalities represented within the RCA community. The faculty also comprises many individuals for whom the UK was not their place of birth. 

The RCA comprises four Schools, each led by a Dean:

  • Architecture;
  • Arts & Humanities;
  • Communication;
  • Design.

In addition, the RCA is growing and developing its research through a number of dedicated centres and labs including: the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design; the Material Science Research Centre; the Intelligent Mobility Design Research Centre; Computer Science; and the Robotics Lab.


The College is located across three sites in central London, in South Kensington, Battersea and White City.

The Kensington site includes among its neighbours Imperial College London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal College of Music, the Natural History Museum and the National Museum of Science and Industry. 

The Battersea site has expanded rapidly over the past decade, while ongoing UK Treasury-backed expansion at Battersea, due to complete in 2021, cements the RCA’s position at the centre of a vibrant hub of creative companies and designers.

A third hub opened in White City in 2017, London’s newest research and creative quarter, within the regenerated BBC Media Village.

A World-leading University

Ranked as the world’s number one university of art and design for five consecutive years in the QS World University Rankings, the College has an august history in art and design education, numerous eminent graduates and a remarkable record of graduate employment. Truly a leader in its field, its excellence in teaching and research has been consistently recognised as being of the highest standing. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results cemented the RCA's position as the UK’s leading university of art and design, with its research gaining more 4* ratings than any of its specialist competitors. Crucially, the College is ranked as the most research intensive art and design research environment to be found in the UK.