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We support students who will bring about the next age of advancement.

The Pokémon Scholarship has been established for the Royal College of Art (RCA), a postgraduate art school with a campus in the South Kensington district of London, England. The intent is to support students who will bring about the next age of advancement through their creative art and design skills.
Through this scholarship, the company hopes to give back to the world by encouraging creative and innovative art and design and by supporting students who will blaze paths into new territories in the future.

The Pokémon Company CEO
Tsunekazu Ishihara
Pokémon evolved as a brand by embracing new technologies and collaborating with partners in new fields – ranging from data communication systems and geolocation-related technologies to leaders in fashion and art.
Through this scholarship, I am delighted to support students who show the potential to create a new industry or mode of expression by exploring hitherto-unknown possibilities.
I hope that the scholarship will facilitate fruitful exchanges between the company and the students at the Royal College of Art, stimulating new creative thinking among all parties involved.

The Pokémon Company × Royal College of Art

The Comments from RCA

Paul Anderson,
Dean of the School of Design
‘We’re delighted that The Pokémon Company, known for pushing the boundaries in design and technology, has chosen to invest in our students. Their generous scholarships will change the lives of these students and expose them to a new culture of thinking and design.
‘Our Innovation Design Engineering student, Amir Afshar, is a wonderful multidisciplinary designer who is focused on exploring how emergent technology will affect our future societies. This is demonstrated by his dissertation around the implications of augmented and virtual realities for the future of architecture, or in his hardware solution to challenge AI video manipulation.’
Rathna Ramanathan,
Dean of the School of Communication
‘The Pokémon Scholarship is an excellent opportunity for our students in the School of Communication to consider their emerging practices in relation to the context of the world’s issues, concerns and contexts.
‘The scholarship gives our students, like Jesse Cahn-Thompson, the opportunity to build bridges between cultures, technologies and audiences. Jesse is one of our strongest students technically, having a background in coding and interactive media. He is part of our Sound Design pathway, so we expect some interesting sound-related work arising from this opportunity with The Pokémon Company.’

The Royal College of Art

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.
The RCA runs joint courses with Imperial College London and the Victoria & Albert Museum. InnovationRCA, the university's centre for enterprise, entrepreneurship, incubation and business support, has helped over 50 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 600 UK jobs. Alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Thomas Heatherwick, Lubaina Himid, Clare Waight Keller and Rose Wylie.
The RCA was named the world's leading university of art and design in the QS World Rankings 2018 for the fourth consecutive year.

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