Royal College of Art

Area: Battersea

Type: Organisation

Art form: Art, Ceramics, Craft, Design, Digital, Drawing, Film, Illustration, Installation, Jewellery, Other, Painting, Performance, Photography, Poetry, Print, Sculpture, Street Art, Textiles, Writer

Creative Workshop in the Dyson Gallery, Battersea. Photographer: Laura Besancon
Creative Workshop in the Dyson Gallery, Battersea. Photographer: Laura Besancon

Biography / Artist statement

The Royal College of Art is the world's leading university of art and design. Specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers degrees of MA, MPhil, MRes and PhD across the disciplines of architecture, arts & humanities, design and communications. A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA provides 2000 students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world. The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design, creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges. The University employs around 1000 professionals from around the world – professors, researchers, art and design practitioners, advisers and visiting lecturers – to teach and develop students in 30 academic programmes. RCA students are exposed to new knowledge in a way that encourages them to experiment. Working across scientific and technical canvases and beyond set boundaries, RCA students seek to solve real-world problems. RCA alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, Monster Chetwynd, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie. Through our Community Engagement programme, the RCA works closely with local groups, residents, schools and businesses in Battersea to develop collaborative projects and create a positive impact in the social and cultural fabric of our community. We foster opportunities for local communities to engage in creative arts and design practice and research of the highest level, and aim to create a welcoming and inclusive place for all those who want to learn, participate and experience what the RCA has to offer. For more information please visit The RCA was named the world's leading university of art and design in the QS World Rankings 2020 for the sixth consecutive year.

Why do you love Wandsworth?

The RCA has had its roots in Battersea for over 25 years, and intends to contribute to the developing cultural quarter with a new building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and scheduled to open in 2021.