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MA Entrance Requirements

Information Experience Design

Online applications are now open. Apply here

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.

  • Students will normally have a BA, or an equivalent overseas qualification or sufficient work experience to demonstrate the appropriate intellectual, creative and personal qualities to engage with the demands of the programme.
  • Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. While some come directly from first-degree progammes in information design, new media design, graphic design, data visualisation, audio-visual  design and multimedia, students have also joined the course with professional experience in industry, or from backgrounds as diverse as anthropology, journalism, architecture and computing.

Digital Portfolio

  • All candidates are required to submit an online portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme’s senior staff team and student representatives.
  • Candidates should construct an online portfolio that reflects their abilities, experience and interests.
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of a body of work that demonstrates an advanced understanding of the subject and sufficient technical skill to realise intentions, evidence of commitment to the subject, intellectual curiosity, open-mindedness, the ability to collaborate, to engage in debate and respond to criticism, and the ability to engage in sustained and consistent study.
  • Please download the IED Portfolio Guidelines.

Interview (if invited)

  • You should bring with you a portfolio containing a selection of your online submission in its finished physical form, as well as your most recent work or work in progress, together with supporting research material.

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. 

MA tuition fees for 2016/17 are: UK/EU: £9,500 per annum; Overseas: £28,400 per annum. 

Details of College bursaries are expected to be announced in May 2016. 

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 student-support@rca.ac.uk.

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 2017/18

Online applications are now open. Apply here

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.

IED student Rose Leahy in slime mould workshop
IED student Rose Leahy in slime mould workshop