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Admissions & Application Guidance

In light of the decision to leave the EU, please note there will be no changes in fee status for our existing EU students. New students from the EU who register for September 2016 entry will continue to pay the same fees for 2016/17 and 2017/18.

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

Application Guidance

The Royal College of Art welcomes applications from all over the world. If you are considering applying to the College for 2016/17, you can prepare for your application by researching the academic programmes offered by each of the Schools, accessing the Applications 2016/17 page and information under Fees & Funding

The criteria for acceptance are talent and potential, along with the commitment and the ambition to make a difference within an art or design discipline.

In this section, you will find details about what is required to make an MA or Research application to the College, along with dates and deadlines and information about entry requirements.

You are welcome to visit the College during the application period: please note the dates and times of programme Open Days, along with contact information for each programme.

You can apply online from 12 October 2015. 

All programmes welcome enquiries regarding MA, MPhil, MRes and PhD study throughout the year. 




Our Equal Opportunities Policy is accessible via the menu.

New Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

£10,000 study loans available to do MA, MPhil and MRes courses at the RCA.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England have announced details of a new loan scheme for students starting Master courses from 2016. Click here for more details.

HEFCE Guidance for Prospective Postgraduate Students

The HEFCE guide Steps to Postgraduate Study provides information and resources for prospective UK, European Union and international students considering taught postgraduate courses. It highlights questions that students may wish to ask themselves and course providers about their study options, and provides links to where they may find answers.

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