Programme Overview

Global Innovation Design

Five Global locations – Two Routes

For applicants wanting to join the Global Innovation Design (GID) programme in 2019, students are able to work in three global locations following one of two routes. Our global partners are Pratt Institute in New York, Keio University in Tokyo, Tsinghua University in Beijing and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Students on both routes will start their GID experience in London, then travel on to Asia, spending a term in Tokyo or Beijing. After a summer break, they spend the following term in New York or Singapore, respectively. All students will spend the rest of their second year together at RCA & Imperial College in London.

Note: These details may be revised, and changes are subject to validation by the RCA and Imperial College London

GID offers a new international style of learning and a unique design and cultural experience. The global paradigm shift from a knowledge society to a creative society has led to the demand for inspired individuals who are able to identify social and enterprise needs from various international perspectives and bring exceptional innovation to society. The GID vision is to provide a postgraduate experience that is unparalleled in the world which nurtures internationally-oriented design leaders to be creative catalysts delivering positive social, environmental, economic and cultural change through synthesis of multinational perspectives and approaches.  

GID revolves around leading international centres of innovation which collectively offer students a unique educational mix characterised by multidisciplinary intakes, shared values, complementary approaches and distinct expertise. The programme is designed to foster innovation that provides practical solutions to real-world issues. Project themes in each location reflect the local design culture, commercial interests and social challenges. Students will accrue high levels of international awareness to create global-scale innovations that offer tangible benefits to society with outcomes that extend beyond the confines of traditional university education.      

GID is a multidisciplinary, collaborative programme designed to attract highly motivated, visionary designers and thinkers welcoming a diversity of students from various backgrounds and nationalities. GID graduates will have wide-ranging abilities and international communication skills equipping them for leadership roles in global companies, for future entrepreneurship and to be creative catalysts designing innovation-led solutions for social change.

Programme Overview

The Global Innovation Design programme provides a double Master's degree with Imperial College London. All graduates receive an MA from the RCA and an MSc from Imperial College London. The GID Masters programme is made up of elements that are delivered by RCA/Imperial and elements that are delivered by selected international institutions.

An overview of the formally taught elements of the curriculum is as follows:

  • GID1 London – Core Development: A two-term foundation in leading edge research-based design theory and methodology, mechatronics, form-giving, design research and anthropological methods, innovation, communication and creation of vision.
  • GID1 Critical and Historical Studies (CHS) Dissertation Programme: A key element of the GID Masters programme is the chance for students to write a significant piece of written work on a reflective theoretical subject area related to their studies.
  • GID1 Partner Residency: A one-term residency with either Keio University in Tokyo or Tsinghua University in Beijing during the final term of the first academic year.
  • Critical and Historical Studies: The CHS programme runs throughout the entire first year of the programme and culminates in the delivery of a 6,000–10,000 word dissertation on a subject of the student’s choice. For the CHS programme support and guidance is provided by RCA CHS staff.
  • GID2 Partner Residency: A one-term residency with either Pratt Institute in New York or Nanyang Technological University in Singapore during the first term of the second academic year.
  • GID2 Professional Development: A two-term period back in London directed toward refinement of the body of work and professional development. The course culminates in Final Examination and the Final Show.

Tuition Fees

Students on this programme pay the tuition fees direct to the RCA. In addition to the standard RCA postgraduate masters fee this programme is subject to a supplementary fee (£2,000 per annum) because of the higher costs involved in delivering a programme in three countries. For further information visit Tuition Fees.

In addition to the tuition fee, students will need to cover other non-academic costs such as flights, visas, accommodation, insurance and general living expenses.


In order to assist students in settling in to the overseas elements of the programme as quickly as possible, partner institutions will provide or recommend accommodation for each arriving student in their respective locations. Students will need to pay for this accommodation locally.