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Experimental research

Key details

Programme details

  • 180 credits
  • 1 year programme
  • Full-time study

Application deadline

  • 5 Feb 2020
  • Still accepting applications

Career opportunities

  • MRes RCA supports the development of research careers in academia and industry-based research groups. All students develop an individual research project, which prepares graduates for further studies at PhD level or careers within an emerging field of practice-led and practice-based research.

Interdisciplinary research by practice across art and design.

The MRes RCA Arts & Humanities Pathway introduces you to a range of practice-based research methods, in order to equip you for your future professional and research careers.

You’ll develop creative and critically engaged individual research projects that emerge from a broad range of arts-based practices: from painting, sculpture and performance to ceramics, installation, moving image and critical writing.

You’ll be able to forge strong networks with a range of peers, artists and academics within the School of Arts & Humanities research community and across the College.

The pathway fosters experimentation and innovation. We encourage individual and collective ways of working, thinking and making. You are urged to explore what platforms and interfaces would most benefit your research ideas.

Gallery

  • Diego Valente

    Diego Valente

  • Mr Interpretation and Mrs Translation, Digital print on canvas, Yuting Cai, 2017

    Mr Interpretation and Mrs Translation, Digital print on canvas, 2017

    Yuting Cai,

  • Bei Yu

    Bei Yu

  • Nazneen Ayyub Wood

    Nazneen Ayyub Wood

  • Angiet Chen

    Angiet Chen

  • Yuting Cai

  • Caro Halford

    Caro Halford

  • Sofie Layton

    Sofie Layton

  • Diego Valente

    Diego Valente

Staff

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Dr Nicky Coutts

Programme Lead

Nicky is an artist working across a variety of media, exhibiting regularly in solo and group exhibitions hosted by galleries and institutions worldwide.

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Dr Laura Ferrarello

Acting Head of Programme, MRes

Combining the architectural and design scale, Laura investigates the social dynamics between digital and physical space/systems /interfaces, as generated by people’s experience of technology.

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Facilities

The School of Arts & Humanities is located across our Battersea and Kensington sites.

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Shared workspaces are provided for all research students. There are a number of bookable seminar and project spaces across the site available to all Arts & Humanities students.

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    Gorvy Kiln Room. Photograph by Richard Haughton

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    Painting Studio. Photograph by Richard Haughton

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    Photography Studio. Photograph by Richard Haughton

Curriculum

More details on what you'll study.

Find you what you'll cover in this programme.

What you'll cover

Our programmes are delivered through a combination of structured learning, comprised of lectures and master-classes; workshop classes based around a set task; tutor-led seminar classes where students will be asked to reflect on material that they have read or studied in advance and project assignments that support the structured teaching programme.

This unit will enable discussion and exploration of key concepts in art and design research. The workshops will introduce you to key methods and methodologies in art and design, based around the areas of specialisms of each of the contributing schools. You’ll also develop an individual research proposal.

This College-wide unit focus on knowledge exchange and communicating your research effectively to an interdisciplinary audience. This will involve developing an understanding of the contexts in which research is practised, and engaging different research cultures and communities.

This unit focuses on the process of research. It will connect you with practicing researchers and research teams and encourage you to reflect on how research projects are developed, managed, evaluated and communicated.

This unit builds upon learning undertaken in unit 1 by exploring the nexus between research methods and the ways in which they might be applied to independent and collaborative research projects.

This college-wide unit will focus on further development of your personal research project and professional development. It will enable you to develop your research projects and define your professional identity as a researcher.

The Personal Research Project will enable you to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding developed through units 1 and 2 within a complex personal research project.

You are required to submit a 12,000–15,000 word thesis that defines a research question, outlines the research methodology and theoretical context, presents and discusses the results and offers robust conclusions.

You are required to submit:

  • An original work of art, design or communication (including critical and curatorial works)
  • A visual portfolio of practice with clear documentation in PDF form
  • A 4,000–6,000 word thesis that defines the purpose of the work, outlines its theoretical and technical context, and articulates the contribution it has made to advancing knowledge.

Requirements

What you need to know before you apply

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process considers creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high standards overall.

You should have a good first degree in a related subject. We welcome applications from students of all ages, and view both prior academic and professional experience as valuable.

What's needed from you

Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as an artist or designer and can be made up of images, videos or writing examples. Your portfolio helps us to better understand your application and allows you to show evidence of your ability and motivation to undertake a given programme.

Generally, we’re looking for you to demonstrate your:

  • Creativity, imagination and innovation
  • Ability to articulate the intentions of the work
  • Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work
  • Technical skills appropriate to the work
  • Potential to benefit from the programme

Each programme is looking for different things in a portfolio. Each Head of Programme provides specific advice on portfolio requirements in the online application system. We advise you to consider these requirements carefully before submitting your application.

Visit our application portal to view more portfolio requirements

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard.

You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years.

If you need a Tier 4 visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

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Fees & funding

For this programme

Fees for new students

You'll find tuition fees for 2020/21 entry below.

Home and EU
(subsidised)
£12,650 total cost*
Overseas
£33,500 total cost*

Deposit

New entrants to the College for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. This will be offset against the tuition fees for the first year of study.

Home and EU
£500
Overseas
£2,000

* Total cost is based on the assumption that the programme is completed in the timeframe stated in the programme details. Additional study time may incur additional charges.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic Programme and scholarships panel.

More information

External funding

There are many funding sources, with some students securing scholarships and others saving money from working. It is impossible to list all the potential funding sources; however, the following information could be useful.

Payments

Tuition fees are due on the first day of the academic year and students are sent an invoice prior to beginning their studies. Payments can be made in advance, on registration or in two instalments.

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Change your life and be here in 2020

The Royal College of Art welcomes applicants from all over the world.

Before you begin

1.
Make sure you've read and understood the entrance requirements
More information about entrance requirements
2.
Check you have all the information you need to apply.
Read our application process guide
Visit our application portal to get started

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Email us at
fine-art-mres@rca.ac.uk
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