MA Programme Description
The initial two terms are designed to equip students with the critical perspective, experience and knowledge base from 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 teamwork, 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 mobility question.
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.