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MA Entrance Requirements

Ceramics & Glass

MA Entrance Requirements for Ceramics & Glass

  • A good undergraduate degree in Ceramics or Glass or equivalent professional experience.
  • Applications are welcomed from candidates from related backgrounds, for example,
  • textiles, sculpture, architecture and industrial design.
  • Work experience, either before or after a first degree, is a great advantage.
  • Students are selected on the basis of their talent, ambition and will to succeed as well as for their potential to contribute to the breadth and vitality of the Programme.


All candidates are required to submit an online portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme’s senior staff team. The portfolio should illustrate the whole range of their creative work and give an insight into both the way they think, develop and research ideas, and to what excites them visually.

Online portfolio submission:

  • Applicants should submit up to 10 digital images of finished work or work in progress. Each main image can be accompanied by up to six supporting images  of relevant visual research or preparatory work, such as drawings, sketchbook scans or contextual references that are relative to their creative thinking.
  • Images must be in JPG or PNG format (2MB max, and 1024 x 768 pixels or greater are preferred) or videos in MOV, MP4 or M4V (80MB max) format.


  • Applicants should bring a selection of their online portfolio submission in its physical form, as well as their most recent work or work in progress.
  • Candidates should bring a minimum of four finished pieces of work.
  • Candidates should bring an image of another artist or designer’s work in ceramics or glass for discussion.

Cross College Requirements

For full details of cross-College entrance requirements and portfolio requirements (if applicable), see MA Entrance Requirements.

Pre-sessional Language Courses

The College offers an eight-week EAP Pre-Sessional Course runs from July to September every year for applicants who have not quite reached the required IELTS level before they start their Programme. Entry level for the eight-week Pre-sessional Course is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5–6.0 in the writing or 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing, or equivalent recognised by the College.

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. 

See Tuition Fees for a breakdown of costs for Home and Overseas students on each of our degrees.

Students should estimate the cost of living in London at £12,000–£15,000 per year. 

For further information on funding visit Financial Help, or email

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.

Applications 2019/20

Due to a substantial increase in applications, we are no longer accepting applications to MA Ceramics & Glass for a September 2019 start. New applications are welcome but will be considered for a September 2020 start. If places become available for a 2019 start, successful applicants will be contacted:

Visit Apply for details on how to make your application, or log in to our Online Applications site.

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.

"Work experience, either before or after a first degree, is a great advantage."