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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 student body is 2,300 and is set to rise to 3,000 by 2021/2, with 50% of students from the UK and EU, and some 50% from beyond the EU. The RCA prides itself on its international diversity, with some 65 different nationalities represented within its student body. The faculty also comprises many individuals for whom the UK was not their place of birth. The RCA is organised across four Schools, each led by a Dean: Architecture; Arts & Humanities; Communication; Design.

In addition, the RCA has a number of established and planned research centres: the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design; the Material Science Research Centre (which includes the Burberry Materials Futures Research Group); the Intelligent Mobility Design Research Centre; the HELIX Centre; and future centres in Computer Science and in Drawing. The RCA is also home to one of the UK’s most successful university incubators, InnovationRCA.


Located in the historic capital city of London: a vibrant cultural centre with an international outlook.

The Royal College of Art's sites, in Kensington, Battersea and White City – are located in three significant cultural quarters, each with their own unique character.