MA Programme Description
year emphasises experimentation and innovation through a foundational approach
to the study of the interior. In the first year, students will examine and
develop ideas in response to what are considered to be some of the fundamental
elements and principles of the interior. These have been developed into three
key areas of work: Proximities, Inhabitation and Identities.
one, students undertake a series of short introductory projects often
undertaken with the second-year students. Following this diagnostic
introductory period, the whole of the programme undertakes a field study visit.
The Proximities phase of the project then proceeds.
In the second term Inhabitations introduces projects based around different forms of the use of the interior.
is a School-wide exhibition that is used to show the College what the Programme
term consolidates the previous learning into a project entitled Identities,
where students are required to construct design projects that examine the
manifestations of particular atmospheres, surfaces, rooms and conditions that
convey the aspects of a particular site, communities, clients and stakeholders.
It will foreground and subsequently develop all aspects of the student learning
to date and will be realised at the end of the year in a portfolio submitted
for the interim examination.
All of the
first year is underpinned by a School-wide elective. A year-long dissertation
is undertaken in the Critical & Historical Studies module.
start of the second year, students integrate with the first year through
undertaking a series of collaborative short projects in mixed groups. After the
study trip, students join a particular platform in order to pursue their
personal thesis project.
The focus of the work is concerned with developing an innovative project that explores an aspect of interior design at a level appropriate for a Master’s project.
may be a single interior design project, involve an extended piece of research,
a series of smaller exploratory projects or a combination of these approaches.
This work is formed and developed in the platform and assessed in the Work-in-progress
Show. The project culminates in the material developed for the Independent
Research Project, assessed in the final examination and then exhibited at the degree
year of the Programme is organised around a number of Platforms and the
Exhibition Design Pathway. Each Platform will begin around the middle of term
one and be based around emergent or current issues in the subject of interiors
and in other built environment/design led contexts. Each platform is configured
in order to respond to a particular overall provocation and location.
Exhibition Design is a pathway that students join the Programme to pursue or can opt to undertake at the end of the first year. It is a research-informed, practice-led approach to the making of exhibitions. Participants engage in the development of a specialised approach to making exhibition environments.
This programme description is taken from the MA Architecture Programme Specifications 2018/19. While we try to ensure that all Programme information is correct, some things may be subject to change and/or outside of our control.
Critical & Historical Studies
The RCA provides a unique environment for postgraduate art and design students to reflect upon their own practice, and to engage with students from their own and other disciplines. The role of Critical & Historical Studies (CHS) is to support the studio programmes in enabling these critical engagements to take place. The courses offered by CHS to first-year, studio-based MA students propose an intellectual framework within which they can begin to establish a coherent relationship between theory and practice.
In the autumn and spring terms there are a series of College-wide seminars and lectures. The autumn term series will relate to your particular discipline, whereas the spring term series will be more broad-based and cross-disciplinary in nature.
In the spring and summer terms, a CHS tutor will give you individual tutorials to support the development of a dissertation which is submitted at the end of the summer term. The dissertation should be between 6,000–10,000 words in length – this is a major piece of work and you will not be able to submit for the Final Examination until you have passed this assessment.
For more information see Critical & Historical Studies College-wide Programme.