"FuelRCA’s talks, workshops, mentoring and website provide great support for RCA students and alumni. They cover a wide range of professional development topics and skills which help with graduates' transition into the real world, whatever their creative discipline."
Ritika Karnani, Students’ Union President 2013/14, Royal College of Art
FuelRCA is the Royal College of Art professional development service. We were founded in 2005 to help RCA students prepare for life after graduation, and to support RCA alumni as they set up their own practices or businesses and gain employment in the creative industries. Fuel is delivered by InnovationRCA, the RCA centre for incubation and business support.
We help RCA students and graduates put their considerable talents to work in the world, in whatever way they feel is best for them. Complementing the discipline-specific support given by all RCA Schools and Programmes, we offer support on practical aspects of professional life such as job seeking, intellectual property and business skills, as well as personal 'soft' skills including confidence and resilience.
Everyone can access our website, and RCA students and graduates can make use of the Fuel library collection of 300+ books, and our College-wide events, workshops and webinars. We are currently unable to provide a Fuel drop-in service, but RCA students and members of AlumniRCA can get confidential guidance through the Fuel Helpline. For recent graduates, Fuel also runs the Royal Designer Mentoring and PwC Mentoring programmes (AlumniRCA only).
The FuelRCA service is in tune with national guidelines for enterprise, entrepreneurship and employability in higher education, published by the QAA in 2012. Further reports and guidelines are here.
Other professional development services at the RCA
- RCA Schools and Programmes all provide discipline-specific support with professional development.
- InnovationRCA offers in-depth help for potential design and technology-led businesses through Fellowships and commercialisation support, the Launchpad Summer School and the RCA Incubator.
- ReachOutRCA workshops with young people in London can lead students to teaching and other professional opportunities after graduation.
- AlumniRCA keeps RCA graduates around the world connected via Linkedin, other social media and events.
How to start
So whether you want to set up a company, get help with finding a stimulating job, or hear how other creative people in the Royal College of Art community have succeeded, use this website to keep up to date with what’s on offer and make use of the extensive professional development information online. If you are a current RCA student, please talk also to your Programme tutors for discipline-specific help with professional development.
Confidential and free creative business & careers guidance for RCA students and alumni.
THE HELPLINE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED - please refer to the Resources page for other sources of help
Royal College of Art
Clore Innovation Centre
20 Howie Street, Battersea
London, SW11 4AS