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MA Entrance Requirements

Critical Writing in Art & Design

Online applications are now open. Apply here.

Candidates for MA courses are assessed on their existing skills and interests as demonstrated through prior academic and professional experience and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation; ability to articulate; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.


Applications are encouraged from anyone with a good BA degree in a humanities/arts subject (including studio courses in art and design). We have accepted students with a background in other academic fields in the past. Please contact the programme if you would like to talk over your suitability. All applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to writing and a strong interest in contemporary art and design practice.

At the time of application, all applicants are required to submit a clear statement outlining his or her reasons for applying and expectations for their own development while on the pro-gramme. Applicants are encouraged to provide samples of writing. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare a short text, usually an exhibition review, prior to interview. This provides material for discussion in the interview as well as evidence of the applicant’s abilities and interests. 

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. 

For further information on funding visit Financial Help, or email student-support@rca.ac.uk.

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 2018/19

Applications for 2018 entry are now open. 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.

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