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Royal College of Art is ranked No. 1 university in the world for art & design for 8th consecutive year.

Royal College of Art, London, UK © Herzog & de Meuron

The Royal College of Art (RCA), London has been ranked the number 1 university for art & design internationally for the 8th consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 – the largest world-wide survey of academic and industry opinion.

The latest results demonstrate the College’s reputation by scoring 100% (2021: 100% ) for academic reputation, and 96.1% (2021: 96.2%) for employer reputation.

Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, said:

“To be ranked the number 1 art and design university for the eighth consecutive year is testament to the fantastic talents of our students and staff.

“This year – our 185th anniversary – will see us open our new campus in Battersea, an important step in the RCA’s evolution into a new kind of design-focused postgraduate university. Traditional arts and humanities disciplines sit side by side with specialist lab facilities for researchers in computer science, material science and robotics.

“As we speak, the cross-disciplinary work of our students and staff is tackling global challenges such as ageing populations, sustainability, rapid urbanisation and artificial intelligence. We’re proud to be the launchpad for the world’s creative leaders working at the intersection of art, science and technology.

“We’ll continue to invest and innovate to keep us and our students at the forefront of global creativity.”

The RCA leads the table of around 100 of the world’s top universities for the study of art and design, ahead of much larger institutions around the globe, including Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and large art and design providers, such as Parsons and the New School University in New York.

The RCA started life in 1837 as the Government School of Design. Granted a Royal Charter and university status in 1967, today the RCA remains the most influential postgraduate institution of art and design. It has also invested  in research and knowledge exchange that informs and inspires a new generation of visionary practice in the creative industries. This year the RCA launches its new Masters programmes which allow a flexible approach to study over one year.

About the Royal College of Art

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.

The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

InnovationRCA, the university’s centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has helped over 75 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 800 UK jobs.

Alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, Monster Chetwynd, Asif Kapadia, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie.

The RCA was named the world’s leading university of art and design in the QS World Rankings 2022 for the eighth consecutive year.rca.ac.uk

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