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MA Entrance Requirements

Critical Writing in Art & Design

Online applications are now open. Apply here.

Candidates for MA courses are assessed on their existing skills and interests as demonstrated through prior academic and professional experience 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; ability to articulate; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.


Applications are encouraged from anyone with a good BA degree in a humanities/arts subject (including studio courses in art and design). We have accepted students with a background in other academic fields in the past. Please contact the head of programme if you would like to talk over your suitability. All applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to writing and a strong interest in contemporary art and design practice.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a sample of writing (published or unpublished) when applying. Prior to interview, applicants will be asked to write a review of a current exhibition or publication.

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. 

MA tuition fees for 2016/17 are: UK/EU: £9,500 per annum; Overseas: £28,400 per annum. 

Details of College bursaries are expected to be announced in May 2016. 

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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