MA Entrance Requirements

Intelligent Mobility


Applicants must have completed or be in the final year of a first degree in an art and design or related subject. You will need a proven commitment to the discipline, with a high level of self-motivation and evidence of independent study. You should possess a high standard of illustrative skills and an understanding of 3D form.

Interview (If Invited)

The Programme will contact you if you have been shortlisted and invite you to an interview. As you made an online portfolio submission, you may be asked to bring to interview a selection of your submission in its physical form, as well as any recent work or work in progress.

In exceptional circumstances, offers may be made without interview to candidates who: 

  • Have already graduated with a mark equivalent to First Class degree from a recognised institution in a related subject, or show exceptional promise to achieve a high classification in undergraduate study
  • Significant independent experience, demonstrate recognition e.g. design prizes, professional experience
  • Evidence of high standards of work, attention to detail and critical thinking in portfolio and written application
  • Strong English language skills (e.g. completion of a degree in a majority English speaking country)
  • Have previously succeeded at interview for that programme.

Cross College Requirements

For full details of cross-College entrance requirements and portfolio requirements (if applicable), see MA Entrance Requirements.

Pre-sessional Language Courses

The College offers an eight-week EAP Pre-Sessional Course runs from July to September every year for applicants who have not quite reached the required IELTS level before they start their Programme. Entry level for the eight-week Pre-sessional Course is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5–6.0 in the writing or 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing, or equivalent recognised by the College.

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. 

See Tuition Fees for a breakdown of costs for Home and Overseas students on each of our degrees.

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 2019/20

Applications for 2019 entry are now open. Visit Apply for details on how to make your application, or log in to our Online Applications site.

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.

"I’m writing my dissertation on the impact of automotive technology on society, looking at different automotive components throughout history and whether they’ve been readily adopted or rejected by society. Our next project is a collaboration with Textiles; I’m looking forward to working with people from such different backgrounds, and together we’ll be able to come up with a design for a complete vehicle." Pauline Mariotti

MA Vehicle Design 2016 -

Pauline Mariotti
Pauline Mariotti