Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art is the world’s most influential institution of university status devoted to the study of art and design and has an international reputation for excellence in teaching, practice and research.

Located on two campuses in central London – South Kensington and Battersea – the College boasts 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. In 2015, the RCA was placed first in the QS World University Rankings. The 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 competitors. Crucially the College was rated 100% 4*and 3* in both impact and environment.

The College sustains a tradition of creative and intellectual excellence combined with a modern work culture that supports diversity, equal opportunity and work/life balance.

The work environment at the RCA supports the dual missions of research and education. Regardless of individual roles, the College values each person’s contribution and offers professional development through opportunities for on-site learning as well support for career advancement and development. Our aim is to improve the quality of the professional experience by enabling our staff to engage fully in a vibrant and stimulating workplace.

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Key facts

  • Over 400 employees
  • 1,550 students
  • Campuses in London’s Kensington & Battersea
  • Ranked #1 Art & Design University in the QS World University Rankings
  • More 4* rankings in 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment than any of its competitors