RCA tops world university rankings for art and design, above MIT, Parsons and RISD

1 March 2018
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The QS World University Rankings for 2018 have been announced, with the Royal College of Art topping the list for the fourth consecutive year. In fact the full top ten is a carbon copy of last year’s rankings, listed below.

UK universities feature at the top of ten different subject rankings, two more than last year, and dominate a third of the world’s top three positions, but mostly in arts and humanities areas. Meanwhile UK unis only top engineering and technology lists twice, prompting the media to interpret that science and technology is falling behind the arts. This comes as the prime minister attempts to push universities to charge less for courses based on their running costs and potential graduate earnings, including that of arts and humanities subjects.

Royal College of Art
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Parsons School of Design at The New School
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Pratt Institute
University of the Arts London
Politecnico di Milano
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
California Institute of the Arts
Stanford University

See the full list of the world’s top 200 art and design universities here.

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