MA Entrance Requirements
Graduates from the Royal College of Art become part of a world-leading, international network of creative individuals who continue to shape the culture surrounding us.
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 the programme. The assessment will consider:
- Creativity, imagination and innovation evident in your work
- Your ability to communicate through various media
- Intellectual engagement in the relevant areas
- Appropriate technical skills and overall interview performance.
You should have achieved a good undergraduate degree, preferably in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Urban Design or other related design discipline although other backgrounds will be also be considered under certain circumstances. Evidence of intellectual and professional curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding period of study is essential.
- Design Portfolio is a necessary requirement to enter into the programme if your first degree is in Architecture or a related design discipline. You should submit a digital portfolio via our online applications area of between four to ten completed projects. Each project should include a title image and up to 6 supporting gallery images. You should provide a description of maximum of 100 words for each title image and a caption of up to 50 words for each supporting gallery image.
- If your prior degree is in a discipline with no design component, such as the social sciences, geography, urban studies, planning or economics, we will consider the application if prior work is of exceptional merit and students are able to demonstrate their ability work alongside and contribute to multidisciplinary teams. We will look for evidence of critical thinking, innovation and impact in the field when assessing applications from non-design related fields.
- When submitting collaborative work, specify this and clearly indicate your role and responsibility.
- No actual objects, sketchbooks, physical portfolios or other media should be submitted at the point of application. Submission of any material not listed above will not be accepted. If you have any questions on the portfolio please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview (if invited)
- The programme will contact you if you have been shortlisted and invite you to an interview.
- You will be interviewed by up to three members of the academic staff and a student representative.
- As you made an online portfolio submission, you should bring to interview a selection of your submission in its physical form, as well as any recent work or work in progress.
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.
Tuition fees for 15-month MA programmes in 2017/18 are: UK/EU: £14,500 per annum; Overseas: £34,000 per annum.
Tuition fees for 2-year MA programmes in 2017/18 are: UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee).
Fees for joint MA/MSc programmes differ. See Tuition Fees for further information.
Students should estimate the cost of living in London at £12,000–£15,000 per year.
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.
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.