MA Entrance Requirements


Candidates for all MA Programmes 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.

Candidates should:

  • Have a good first degree in sculpture or a relevant subject and display a facility with materials and techniques.
  • Be knowledgeable about the history and cultural relevance of the disciplines pertinent to the arts and humanities, as well as be able to hold and articulate a view of their own work in relationship to that.
  • Be able to critically reflect on their work, to question received modes of production and frameworks, and metabolise academic, social and philosophical encounters.


  • Candidates should submit an online portfolio showing a range of work completed within the past three years, clearly marked with dimensions and dates
  • If invited for interview, applicants are not permitted to bring physical work
  • 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 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.

In the Sculpture Studios
In the Sculpture Studios