History of Design

V&A/RCA History of Design

V&A/RCA History of Design pathways

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  • 240 credits
  • 15-month programme
  • Full-time study with part-time option

The V&A/RCA History of Design MA and MPhil/PhD programmes are known internationally for an intellectually vigorous  approach to the history of design and material culture. Offered jointly by the RCA and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), we teach and research cultural, social, economic, political and technological history through artefacts and our interactions with them. Projects and expertise range across global geographies, from the fifteenth century to the contemporary, and draw on cognate areas such as geography, performance studies and design practice. 

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