The Royal College of Art is split across three sites: Kensington, Battersea and White City
The Kensington campus is next to the Royal Albert Hall and houses programmes in the Schools of Architecture, Design and Arts & Humanities. Opened 60 years ago, it was designed by H T Cadbury Brown, and at its heart is the Grade II listed Modernist Darwin Building, named for post-war Rector Robin Darwin (grandson of Charles Darwin).
It is also home to the RCA’s extensive Library, including Special Collections and the Colour Reference Library, extensive Technical Services resources, Student Support and facilities such as cafes and the ArtBar.
The RCA Battersea campus has two main parts. The Dyson, Woo and Painting buildings, are home to students from the School of Arts & Humanities and include state-of-the-art workshops, studios and applied art and craft facilities, such as kilns, hot and cold glass making, welding, photography darkrooms and printmaking.
The new design and innovation campus in Battersea is the largest investment in transformational space in the RCA’s 185 year history, and is home to researchers, start-ups and students from the Schools of Arts & Humanities and Design. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Rausing Research & Innovation Building houses the RCA’s four Research Centres, the InnovationRCA start-up incubator and the Snap Visualisation Lab; the Studio Building provides workshop, studio and exhibition space, as well as new specialist facilities such as a Robotics Lab. The campus embodies the RCA’s approach to STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education, enabling cross-disciplinary projects and sharing of ideas.
Set in the midst of the BBC Media Village, the RCA’s White City campus is home to the Graduate Diploma in Art & Design and School of Communication programmes.
Opened in 2017, it is equipped with state-of-the-art bespoke studio, workshop and technical spaces that have been designed particularly for RCA students. The site adds a new dimension to the College’s cultural offer, with opportunities for collaborations, exhibitions and events.