MA Entrance Requirements

Fashion Womenswear

We seek to enroll students who:

  • are self-motivated, determined critical thinkers and passionate about their discipline 
  • are technically curious, independent, with integrity and professionally orientated
  • understand that their commitment to the course is a significant investment in their future.

Digital Portfolio

Your digital portfolio should include:

  • Recent work, including research and design development, in-depth research about material to application of concept, rendered illustrations and flats of at least four projects/ concepts
  • Digital approaches, showing method of design or communication
  • A fully curated personal website 
  • Filming of personal sketchbook, showing methodologies and intuitive process
  • Garment/artefact imagery edited from fittings or editorial visuals

Please state where appropriate, the area of specialism to which you are applying:

  • Womenswear
  • Menswear
  • Knitwear Men’s or Women’s
  • Footwear Men’s or Women’s, Accessories or Millinery

Interview (If Invited)

The following series of relevant questions about Fashion as a practice and industry needs to be completed in advance of the interview. Applicants will be asked for:

  • A clear example of excellence in their previous work. 
  • A personal statement that exhibits clarity of thought, with a clear work-plan for their research specialism.
  • An advanced awareness of their discipline and previous working experience in their field.
  • Evidence of a sound working practice, with the foundation of process or a technique that constitutes the basis for Master’s study. 
  • A strong material understanding that is presented clearly through a physical object or garment that they have ideally made themselves.
  • A clear use of the English language in interview and written English across all documentation.

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.

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

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

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.

"Our tutor was always interested in more unusual ideas. She would always encourage the weirder ideas, that come from a more real side of me. With that encouragement, I became more confident and allowed myself to be who I really am as a designer." Chu-Ting Lee

MA Fashion Womenswear, 2013 -2015

Stefanie Tschirky, Womenswear 2016
Stefanie Tschirky, Womenswear 2016