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MA Entrance Requirements


Applicants should have:

  • a BA in Textiles or a related Art and Design subject, or equivalent experience
  • For Soft Systems only: a BA in Textiles, BSc or BEng, or equivalent experience
  • a personal proposal for the intended direction of their MA study.
  • Passion, commitment and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one's own learning and development are essential for MA study.


All candidates are required to submit an online portfolio of work to be assessed by the Programme’s academic staff team.

Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved at least 93 in the TOEFL internet test with an additional writing test score of TWE 24 or an IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6 in writing.

We look for the following in the portfolio applications: 

  • Good use of colour
  • Sensibility with materials/making skills
  • Good links between research and idea development
  • Good drawing/observation skills
  • Ideas in progress
  • Imagination
  • Originality
  • Strong, ambitious personal statement

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.

Applications 2019/20

Due to a substantial increase in applications, we are no longer accepting applications to this Programme for a September 2019 start. New applications are welcome but will be considered for a September 2020 start. If places become available for a 2019 start, successful applicants will be contacted.

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.

"As part of a programme project with Mantero, I won the prize of a summer internship. I think these kinds of industry-related projects are one of the most important things the RCA offers to students. As well as contacts, they give you such massive understanding and insight into what industry wants." Anna Neklesa, MA Textiles (Print), 2015 -
'Untitled', Claire Felicity Miller
Digitally printed silk organza, silk twill, wool and metal on wood