MA Programme Description
Please note that changes to the programme for 2017/8 are subject to validation in March 2017.
The initial two terms are designed to equip students with a critical perspective, experience and knowledge base in which to understand and create new mobility solutions.
This term features a long team project to challenge convention and demonstrate the student’s ability to handle team work, develop a complete project and deliver a full package. The final proposal must identify and feature innovation through service, technology and design as a group experience.
In the final term students lead their own
major project (Independent Research Project)
which is a well-researched and highly developed
critical response to a clearly articulated
Critical & Historical Studies
The RCA provides a unique environment for postgraduate art and design students to reflect upon their own practice, and to engage with students from their own and other disciplines. The role of Critical & Historical Studies (CHS) is to support the studio programmes in enabling these critical engagements to take place. The courses offered by CHS to first year studio-based MA students propose an intellectual framework within which they can begin to establish a coherent relationship between theory and practice.
In the autumn and spring terms there are a series of College-wide seminars and lectures. The autumn term series will relate to your particular discipline (though it is possible to elect to join a series being offered to students on other programmes) whereas the spring term series will be more broad-based and cross-disciplinary in nature.
In the spring and summer terms, a CHS tutor will give you individual tutorials to support the development of a dissertation which is submitted *at the end of the Summer Term.* The dissertation should be between 6,000–10,000 words in length – this is a major piece of work and you will be not be able to submit for the Final Examination until you have passed this assessment.