The RCA’s world-leading status is based on the quality of our teaching and research and the reputation of our graduates. The College attracts the best staff and students, from more than 75 nationalities, who are ambitious, willing to relocate for work and study, and want to flourish in the world’s most dynamic creative environment.
The QS World University Rankings introduced rankings for art and design universities in 2015. Since then, the RCA has achieved and successfully retained the premier position every year. We are judged number one in the world, in the context of leading global institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Politecnico di Milano and Stanford University, as well as esteemed institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, ArtCenter College of Design and California Institute of the Arts .
The Royal College of Art’s Strategic Plan 2016–21 articulates a bold vision to marry creative arts and design with science, technology and medicine. This marks a ‘step change’ for the RCA, as it applies creative insights to evidence-based science to address global challenges.
Art, design, creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today’s global challenges. These include: migration and rapid urbanisation; health and social care for ageing populations; and the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence. Through a series of strategic interventions, the RCA is injecting and interweaving the creative arts and design with three core scientific disciplines: computer science, materials science and robotics.
The RCA is a unique institution that brings together international communities of art and design talent. To continue to be the global leader in this field, we must offer world-class facilities, anticipate new ways of working, and attract the very best students to academic study and top talent to staff teams.