MA Entrance Requirements


Candidates are expected to have completed a BA degree. In recent years, students have come from fine art, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photo media, conservation, illustration, design, textiles, architecture and interactive arts courses. While many students enter the course after years of independent work, we also accept students directly from undergraduate courses. 

We are looking for candidates who are excited about the potential of engaging with the College-wide peer group, and making the most of the educational opportunities the Programme offers. Candidates may not have made prints before but should have a keen interest in the nature of the multiplied image and the desire to investigate the ideas we engage with; the Programme is not primarily technique led.


This is an online, digital portfolio. Candidates may include up to 10 images or pages of images, in the digital portfolio, these should be clearly labelled and show the range of relevant work indicating the candidates achievements and future direction. Notebook pages /publications can be included if relevant.


If invited for an interview:

  • Candidates will be expected to talk about their own work and their personal creative ambitions.
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate an original and critical approach to print-related practices as well as an ability to engage with relevant theories, content and contexts.
  • Candidates should bring to the interview actual work completed since the hand in of the portfolio, any work in progress, and relevant sketchbooks or preparatory materials.
Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved at least 93 in the TOEFL internet test with an additional writing test score of TWE 24 or an IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6 in writing.

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. 

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.

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