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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. 

Interview (if invited) 

The Programme will contact you if you have been shortlisted and invite you to an interview. As you made an online portfolio submission, you may be asked to bring to interview a selection of your submission in its physical form, as well as any recent work or work in progress.

In exceptional circumstances, offers may be made without interview to candidates who: 

  • demonstrate an ability to develop innovative ideas that challenge the understanding of their practice and discipline
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of historical and contemporary debate and how it relates to their practice
  • experiment in their use of materials, processes and environments in order to translate ideas into practice
  • display a mastery of the technical skills required in the creation, display and documentation of their work.

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

Due to a substantial increase in applications, we are no longer accepting applications to this Programme for a September 2019 start. New applications are welcome but will be considered for a September 2020 start. If places become available for a 2019 start, successful applicants will be contacted.

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