History of Design

V&A/RCA History of Design

Heads of programme

Dr Sarah Teasley
Dr Marta Ajmar
Dr Sarah Teasley & Dr Marta Ajmar

The V&A/RCA History of Design programme is internationally recognised as the leading centre for the postgraduate study of the history of design. We offer the opportunity to study design and material culture in all its aspects, from the early fifteenth century to the present day, across global geographies 



Student info

Programme video

Student stories

  • Jennifer Wong

    Jennifer Wong, MA History Of Design, 2010-12

    I was always interested in objects but had studied the history of art, which is really only just fine art and paintings and nothing else. Then one of the professors on my BA, Sarah Teasley, had moved to the Royal College of Art. She taught art history but incorporated a history of design method, which I thought was interesting. 

  • Emily Candela, PhD History Of Design, 2011-present

    I did two masters degrees – one in fine art and the other in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing and Jewellery, which I continued to do up until several years ago. In between I worked in gallery education and on various art projects. Then I did an MRes London Consortium multi-disciplinary programme.



Our sites


  • History of Design
    Stevens Building
    2-6 Jay Mews
    London SW7 2EU

  • +44 (0)20 7590 4482