Royal College of Art is Rankers Top Art & Design University for Fifth Year in Succession

The Royal College of Art leads the table of 200 of the world’s top universities for the study of art and design in the 2019 QS World University Subject Rankings, ahead of much larger institutions around the globe.

The ranking consolidates its position as the world’s internationally renowned art and design university, offering unrivalled opportunities in art and design.

Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, said: ‘I’m proud and honoured that the Royal College of Art has been recognised as the world’s number one university for art and design for the fifth year in succession.

‘As a small, specialist research-intensive postgraduate university in the heart of London, this is testament to the quality and commitment of our staff and the enormous talent of our students who are ranked as the best in the world.

‘We have evolved over our 182-history, and today, our remarkable institution brings world-class art, design research and researchers, unrivalled design expertise and research intensity together.’

The QS University Rankings assesses the best international universities based on three assessment areas: academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. The rankings are based on the opinions of academics and employers.

Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, said: ‘When surveyed, the global academic community’s feeling remains clear: no Art & Design institution has fostered higher academic standards than the RCA. This is evidenced by its perfect score for our Academic Reputation indicator, which accounts for the expert insight of over 1,700 faculty specialising in the field.’

The endorsement comes after the College’s recently launched GenerationRCA campaign, an ambitious five-year programme representing the most significant development in the RCA’s history.

The Royal College of Art, the internationally renowned art and design university, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced 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.

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