MA/MSc Entrance Requirements
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.
The Innovation Design Engineering MA/MSc programme accepts a multidisciplinary range of applicants. We are interested in engineers and technologists, we are looking for designers from all aspects of the subject area and we welcome applicants from other diverse fields such as business, social science, and the arts. In fact successful IDE applicants can come from many fields: anyone with outstanding skills in their current activities that has an excellent aptitude for innovation and team working and has a fundamental belief that design can make a direct contribution to the quality of life. Engineers, designers, scientists, technologist, artists, social scientists, business people, if you have intelligence, curiosity, passion and a drive to improve the world then IDE is interested in you.
IMPORTANT: IDE is a double Master's course run jointly with Imperial College London, and consequently applicants need to have a degree at 2:1 level or higher (or the equivalent). In exceptional circumstances applicants without this degree qualification will be considered (for example, excellent professional experience or outstanding creative or technical abilities). Please check the Imperial College London website to ensure you meet their requirements.
Please note that applicants for IDE require English language tests results equivalent to 6.5 overall with 6 in all elements.
All candidates are required to submit a digital portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme team. The portfolio should show:
- the excellence of your current expertise, study area or professional activity
- evidence of your interest or ability in the fields of innovation, technology, design or engineering.
- any work or activity relevant to international understanding or collaboration.
- samples of your creative abilities or relevant personal interests.
The portfolio could include: projects and exercises from previous degree courses; where relevant, examples of professional work; extracts from personal sketchbooks; self-generated projects; evidence of an ability to make in 3D; as well as examples of creative work in any other areas.
A portfolio is a visual representations of your skills, experience, interest, and potential. Remember to include:
- the great things about what you currently do / recently have done
- the things that prove you have an interest / latent ability in the world of GID
- something special about you
- or group project work you must indicate clearly the exact role that you played in its creation
- keep to a neat, simple layout – clear communication is key to success put a CV in the portfolio, we have the application form but it’s always useful to see more information
- even if you have no design experience, show us where you have promise or have made the effort to try
- remember, we are looking for potential
- make it stand out, we have a lot of portfolio’s to view, make yours special, break the rules
Using the online application system you may upload up to 20 individual projects to your portfolio, with each project being represented by a maximum of seven examples, which can be in the form of images, videos, weblinks, or slideshows. You should provide a description of a maximum of 100 words for each project and a caption of up to 50 words for each of the examples.
Moving image or sound work, if uploaded, should be limited to five minutes in length. We recommend instead that you upload the video first to Vimeo or YouTube and provide a link.
You may include links to websites, such as your personal site, but it must support your main submission. If there are websites you have professionally designed for clients, you must explain your role in the design and implementation processes.
- Images should be in an acceptable format (see formats below) to the following recommended dimensions
- width: no larger than 36 cm (1024 pixels)
- height: no more than 27cm (768 pixels) minimum height 400 pixels
- resolution must be 72 dpi (dots per inch) re‐size all images appropriately
- maximum file size: 2mb for each image and 80mb for a movie file
- file formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, MP3, MPEG4, FLV, website URL (please note PDF files are not suitable)
- For each piece of work please indicate title, medium (where relevant), date made, size / cm length / mins (where relevant)
IMPORTANT: Please ensure you have reviewed and checked that your submission works in the way you intend it to be seen in a web browser on a different computer (i.e. not the computer you made the submission on, to check that your files have uploaded correctly to our server).
IMPORTANT: you will need to bring with you a physical portfolio containing the contents of your online submission.
Interview (if invited)
Selected applicants are invited to the programme for an entrance examination which comprises of an interview (15 minutes in duration, with staff and a student representative) and a creative exercise (one hour).
IMPORTANT: You will need to bring with you a physical portfolio containing the contents of your online submission.
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.
Tuition fees for 15-month MA programmes in 2017/18 are: UK/EU: £14,500 per annum; Overseas: £34,000 per annum.
Tuition fees for 2-year MA programmes in 2017/18 are: UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee).
Fees for joint MA/MSc programmes differ. See Tuition Fees for further information.
Students should estimate the cost of living in London at £12,000–£15,000 per year.
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.
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.
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