The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 years of the Royal College of Art

image © : Royal College of Art Archive

image © : Royal College of Art Archive

There was a joke that used to go around the Royal College of Art that the motto of the school was “The Best Thing is the Acceptance Letter” — a daft but acerbic point about the disproportionately powerful reputation that the college has for its tiny size.

This, along with the notorious difficulty of securing a place on its courses, meant that the actual day-to-day life of the students had a great deal to live up to. Out in wildest Kensington, beside Hyde Park and the Albert Hall, around 800 postgraduate art and design students spend two years of their lives tucked up in Jim Cadbury-Brown’s lovely Darwin Building.

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