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MA Entrance Requirements

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Online applications for 2017 entry are now closed.

Candidates for all MA programmes are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; and overall interview performance, including oral use of English.

  • Students apply from all kinds of backgrounds, but generally having completed a BA degree. In recent years, people have come from fine art, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photo media, conservation, illustration, design, textiles, architecture and interactive arts courses.
  • While many students enter the programme after years of independent work we also accept students directly from undergraduate courses.
  • We are looking for candidates who are excited about the potential of the peer group, facilities and opportunities the programme can offer.

Digital Portfolio

Artwork should be uploaded to the Online Applications website. Portfolio submissions will be accepted in the following formats only:

  • Ten digital images in JPG format no larger than 2MB
  • We prefer your images to be 1024 x 768 pixels or greater
  • All image files must be saved as JPG format
  • Links to videos hosted on sites such as Vimeo or Youtube may be uploaded, please make sure that they are publicly viewable
  • No actual paintings, portfolios, photographs, slides, DVDs/videos should be submitted at this stage
  • Submission of any material in any other format than the requested JPGs or URLs will invalidate your application
  • The ten items of your work should include, if possible, a few examples of earlier as well as recent works
  • Each item should be provided with relevant information (i.e. date, size, medium, title)
  • Please note that we will only accept ten images or links to videos
  • We do not consider any late applications

Interview (if invited)

  • You will be expected to talk about your own work and your personal creative ambitions.
  • You should be able to demonstrate an original and critical approach to print-related practices as well as an ability to engage with relevant theories, content and contexts.
  • You should bring to the interview work completed since the hand in of the portfolio, any work in progress, and relevant sketchbooks or preparatory materials. Overseas candidates will be expected to bring examples of actual work.

Cross College Requirements

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

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. 

Tuition fees for 15-month MA programmes in 2017/18 are: UK/EU: £14,500 per annum; Overseas: £34,000 per annum. 

Tuition fees for 2-year MA programmes in 2017/18 are: UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee). 

Fees for joint MA/MSc programmes differ. See Tuition Fees for further information. 

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 2017/18

Online applications are now open. Apply here

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.

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