Head of Programme Welcome

Beth Hughes, Architecture
  • MA Architecture Programme (RIBA Part 2 credited since 1983)
  • While RCA Architecture students are not eligible for undergraduate loans, you may be eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Architecture at the RCA sets out to inspire design innovation. The programme expands the possibilities of architecture and its agency in the world by encouraging a speculative, independent and critical ethos among its students. The two-year long programme conceives of architecture as a diverse and complex set of practices that move beyond traditional distinctions and limits in the field. A radical and innovative approach to pedagogy and research, as well as a commitment to an open-minded, experimental studio culture sets the RCA apart.

For students looking to develop a distinctive and innovative voice in the field and a unique chance to collaborate with future leaders in other art and design disciplines including photography, sculpture, visual communications and animation, the RCA offers an ideal environment.

Teaching in the MA programme revolves around the Architectural Design Studio. Each ADS is understood as a distinctive platform for design research organised around important global challenge and opportunities such as ecology, housing, urbanism, new technologies and making. Complementing the design studios, the programme offers an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline. 

The programme culminates in the thesis project and summer show, allowing students an opportunity to present their work to the profession and the general public. 

"We seek to prepare students to design cleverly and provocatively, but also to be critically engaged in the real world."
Beth Hughes
Beth Hughes, RCA 2016