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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Royal College of Art and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Royal College of Art, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Royal College of Art include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Royal College of Art alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Royal College of Art are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Royal College of Art.

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates in it, like Alan Rickman and Ridley Scott.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Royal College of Art?” and “Which celebrities are Royal College of Art alumni?”
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Ken Howard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Artist

Age: 86

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Kenneth Howard OBE RA (born 26 December 1932) is an English artist and painter. He was President of the New English Art Club from 1998 to 2003.
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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the ...more

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Richard Deacon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Sculptor, Artist

Age: 69

Birthplace: Bangor, United Kingdom

Richard Deacon CBE is a British abstract sculptor, and a winner of the Turner Prize.
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Christopher Bailey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Christopher Paul Bailey CBE (born 11 May 1971) is the president, and former chief creative officer of Burberry. In May 2014, he took up the role of chief creative and president, following the ...more
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David Hockney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Artist, Photographer

Age: 81

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

David Hockney, (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is ...more

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Laurence Housman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Writer, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 94 (1865-1959)

Birthplace: Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

Laurence Housman (; 18 July 1865 – 20 February 1959) was an English playwright, writer and illustrator.
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Philip Treacy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Designer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Ahascragh, Republic of Ireland

Philip Anthony Treacy (born 26 May 1967) is an award–winning Irish haute couture milliner, or hat–designer, based in London, who has been described by Vogue magazine as "perhaps the ...more
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Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Production Designer, Television director, Television producer

Age: 81

Birthplace: South Shields, United Kingdom

Sir Ridley Scott (born 30 November 1937) is an English filmmaker. Following his commercial breakthrough in 1979 with the science fiction horror film Alien, further works include the neo-noir ...more

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Cindy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Singer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Hazard, Kentucky

Cindy Jackson is an aesthetic consultant, author and television personality.
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Ossie Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Fashion designer, Costume Designer

Age: Dec. at 54 (1942-1996)

Birthplace: Warrington, United Kingdom

Raymond "Ossie" Clark (9 June 1942 – 6 August 1996) was an English fashion designer who was a major figure in the Swinging Sixties scene in London and the fashion industry in that era. ...more
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Sylvia Pankhurst is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni

Age: Dec. at 78 (1882-1960)

Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom

Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (5 May 1882 – 27 September 1960) was an English campaigner for the suffragette movement, a prominent left communist and later an activist in the cause of anti-fascism. ...more
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Austin Osman Spare is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Writer, Artist

Age: Dec. at 70 (1886-1956)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Austin Osman Spare (30 December 1886 – 15 May 1956) was an English artist and occultist who worked as both a draughtsman and a painter. Influenced by symbolism and art nouveau his art was known ...more
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Barry Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Visual Artist, Artist

Age: Dec. at 80 (1926-2006)

Birthplace: Camberwell, London, United Kingdom

Barrington Lionel "Barry" Driscoll (December 15, 1926 – April 30, 2006) was a British painter, wildlife artist and sculptor. Starting as a book illustrator, he specialized in animal ...more
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Julien Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer

Age: 47

Birthplace: Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom

Julien Macdonald OBE (born 19 March 1971 in Merthyr Tydfil) is a Welsh fashion designer who has appeared as judge on the television programme, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model. In 2001, he ...more
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Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 68 (1944-2012)

Birthplace: North Shields, North East England, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Tyne and Wear, + more

Anthony David Leighton Scott (21 June 1944 – 19 August 2012) was an English film director, producer and screenwriter. He was known for directing action and thriller films such as Top Gun (1986), ...more

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Henry Moore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Sculptor, Artist

Age: Dec. at 88 (1898-1986)

Birthplace: Castleford, United Kingdom

Henry Spencer Moore (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English artist. He is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works ...more
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Tracey Emin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Painter, Artist, Photographer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Croydon, London, United Kingdom

Tracey Emin, CBE, RA (; born 3 July 1963) is an English artist known for her autobiographical and confessional artwork. Emin produces work in a variety of media including drawing, painting, ...more
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James Dyson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Industrial designer, Inventor, Designer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Cromer, United Kingdom

Sir James Dyson (born 2 May 1947) is a British inventor, industrial designer and founder and chief executive of Dyson Ltd. Traditionally, he is best known as the inventor of the Dual Cyclone ...more
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Ian Dury is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist

Age: Dec. at 58 (1942-2000)

Birthplace: Harrow, London, London, United Kingdom

Ian Robins Dury (12 May 1942 – 27 March 2000) was an English singer-songwriter and actor who rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and new wave era of rock music. He was the lead ...more

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Arthur Max is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Art Director, Production Designer

Age: 72

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Arthur Max (born May 1, 1946) is an American production designer. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards: once for his Production Design work on Gladiator (2000), American Gangster ...more
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Lee Wagstaff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Artist

Age: 49

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Lee Wagstaff (born 27 October 1969 in London) is an English artist who spent four and half years acquiring all-over tattoos with designs based on cross-cultural geometrical symbols (circles, ...more
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Max Hattler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Film Art Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 43

Birthplace: Eurasia, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Ulm

Max Hattler is a German video artist and experimental filmmaker. He created the kaleidoscopic political short films "Collision" (2005) and "Spin" (2010), abstract stop motion ...more
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Alan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Graphic Designer

Age: Dec. at 75 (1931-2006)

Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Alan Gerard Fletcher (27 September 1931 – 21 September 2006) was a British graphic designer. In his obituary, he was described by The Daily Telegraph as "the most highly regarded graphic ...more
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Peter Sís is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Illustrator, Cartoonist, Author

Age: 69

Birthplace: Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic

Peter Sís (born Petr Sís; May 11, 1949) is a Czech-born American illustrator and writer of children's books. As a cartoonist his editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, ...more
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Jonathan Barnbrook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Royal College Of Art Alumni
Graphic Designer, Film Director

Age: 53

Birthplace: Luton, United Kingdom

Jonathan Barnbrook (born 1966), is a British graphic designer, film maker and typographer. He trained at Saint Martin's School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, both in London.