MA Entrance Requirements


Candidates for all MA courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work 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 evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.

    • You are generally expected to have a good BA degree from a photography or fine art course.
    • You should be able to demonstrate an original and critical approach to photography as well as an ability to engage with current theories of art and culture that inform your practice


Artwork should be uploaded to the Online Applications website. Portfolio submissions will be accepted in the following formats only:

  • Ten digital images in JPG format no larger than 2MB
  • We prefer your images to be 1024 x 768 pixels or greater
  • All image files must be saved as JPG format
  • Links to videos hosted on sites such as Vimeo or Youtube may be uploaded, please make sure that they are publicly viewable
  • No actual paintings, portfolios, photographs, slides, DVDs/videos should be submitted at this stage
  • Submission of any material in any other format than the requested JPGs or URLs will invalidate your application
  • The ten items of your work should include, if possible, a few examples of earlier as well as recent works
  • Each item should be provided with relevant information (i.e. date, size, medium, title)
  • Please note that we will only accept ten images or links to videos
  • We do not consider any late applications

Interview (if invited)

You will be interviewed by up to three members of the academic staff and a student representative. You will be able to bring additional work for consideration.

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

Applications for 2019 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.

From the series:  Under the Influence
From the series: Under the Influence, Dominic Hawgood 2014
Digital Photography
40 x 30 inches | Photographer: Dominic Hawgood