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

Scholarship Student Introductions

The Comments from RCA

Gareth Loudon,
Head of Programmes,
Global Innovation Design and
Innovation Design Engineering
The Pokémon Company continues to be a pioneering force in design and technology so it's with great pleasure we celebrate the fourth iteration of the Pokémon Scholarship. Innovation Design Engineering student Minwook Paeng has already received global recognition for his project 'The Third Eye'. I can't wait to see how his practice evolves to new heights with the support of this valuable initiative.
Kerry Curtis,
Dean of School of Communication
We are honoured here at the Royal College of Art to continue this meaningful partnership with The Pokémon Company to support students bring innovative and future-facing ideas and solutions to life. One of this year's scholars is Experimental Communication student Phoebe Hayes. Her practice brings communities together through connection and I believe this aligns perfectly with The Pokémon Company’s mission to enrich the world we live in.

The Comments from RCA

Paul Anderson,
Dean of the School of Design
‘To “enrich the world we live in” is a vision shared by the Pokémon Company and many designers around the world. We are incredibly grateful to the Pokémon Company for the generous and ongoing support they offer our students. This scholarship will provide Giovanni and Leon the opportunity to learn from, and exchange creative thinking with, one of the world’s most imaginative and innovative companies.’

The Comments from RCA

Paul Anderson,
Dean of the School of Design
'We're thrilled that the Pokemon Company, known for their innovative and future-thinking designs, has committed to investing in our students for a second year. We are proud of this on-going relationship and their generous scholarships allow our students the opportunity to experience a new culture and way of thinking.’

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 is the world's leading university of art and design. Specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers degrees of MA, MPhil, MRes and PhD across the disciplines of architecture, arts & humanities, design and communications. A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA provides 2000 students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the 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.

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 70 RCA business ideas become a reality that has led to the creation of over 750 UK jobs. Alumni include David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, Monster Chetwynd, 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 2021 for the seventh consecutive year.

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