MA Entrance Requirements

Applications are now open. Although the priority deadline has passed, we continue to welcome and consider applications for September 2016 entry.

Candidates for all MA programmes are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.

Graduating from the Royal College of Art means becoming part of an international network of creative individuals who have shaped, and who continue to shape, the culture surrounding us. We would like you to consider joining this network.

You will be assessed on your existing qualities (as demonstrated in both your work and in your interviews) as well as your potential to benefit from this exciting new programme. The assessment will consider:

  • creativity, imagination and innovation evident in your work
  • your ability to articulate the intentions of the work
  • intellectual engagement in relevant areas
  • appropriate technical skills and overall interview performance.

You should have achieved a high-quality first degree in furniture, industrial design, textiles, graphics and architecture, fashion, sculpture, theatre design, fine art, film, interactive design and other creative fields. Evidence of intellectual and professional curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding two years is essential.

The key qualifications, apart from reaching an impressive level in graduate study, are open-mindedness, enthusiasm from the challenging, unique and future-facing Interior Design course at the Royal College of Art.


You should submit a portfolio of completed projects, together with any relevant supporting design material. This must include sketchbooks.

Cross College Requirements

For full details of cross-College entrance requirements and portfolio requirements (if applicable), see MA Entrance Requirements.

Fees & Funding

Applicants to the RCA from England and the EU are likely to be eligible for the new Postgraduate Student Loan of up to £10,000 per course of study. 

MA tuition fees for 2016/17 are: UK/EU: £9,500 per annum; Overseas: £28,400 per annum. 

Details of College bursaries are expected to be announced in May 2016. 

Students should estimate the cost of living in London at £12,000–£15,000 per year. 

For further information on funding visit Financial Help, or email

If you are from the USA you should note that the Royal College of Art is designated as an eligible institution for American students to apply for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the new Direct Loan Program. The RCA's School Code is 00942300.

Applications 2016/17

Applications are open for all MA and MRes programmes for 2016/17 entry, except Contemporary Art Practice, Design Interactions, Fashion, Painting, Photography, Print and Sculpture.

If you are considering applying to the College, you can prepare for your application by researching the academic programmes offered by each of the Schools, and accessing the Tuition Fees and Funding Support information available. The College provides a number of bursaries towards fees and the costs of living in London. They are available to home and EU students on a competitive basis. For further details, please see Financial Help.

Click here to apply.

The Machine for Daydreams
The Machine for Daydreams, Lucy-Ann Gilbert 2014