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RCA

The College believes it is vital to provide visible pathways of access to study across our programmes for those suffering financial hardship and for those from under-represented groups. 

We are proud to run a number of named scholarship schemes aimed at enabling access for students with exceptional talent who would be unable to attend without financial assistance. Interest in these scholarships is high, if you wish to be considered for a scholarships you must apply in application round 1. We recommend that you look at external funding options and apply for any other scholarship that may be available to you. 

Applications for scholarships for the September 2021 intake have now closed.

Named scholarships

The RCA is thankful to our supporters who share our mission to provide students with extraordinary talent access to our world-leading postgraduate education. Named Scholarships have been vital in ensuring a diverse, cross-cultural environment where talent is brought together to learn with and from each other. Prominent alumni who have benefited from Named Scholarships include Asif Kapadia, Tracy Emin CBE, Julien Macdonald OBE, Anthony Whishaw and Andrea Büttner.

Named Scholarships are based on the following criteria: 

  • the strength of your RCA application (initial shortlisting)
  • financial need (scholarship application)
  • motivation and potential for leadership (scholarship application)
  • portfolio (initial shortlisting)
  • criteria set by specific donors

See below for a full list of named Scholarships.

Important information

  • All scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without the consent of the academic programme and the Scholarship and Awards team. 
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding the reasons for the scholarship selection decision. 
  • No appeal is allowed, as once scholarships are awarded, all available funds have been committed. 
  • If successful, the scholarship recipient must meet the terms and conditions of the award. 

Current students

Please note that our scholarships are connected to the College Admissions process and therefore we can only accept registrations of interest from students hoping to enrol in September 2021. Current students should contact the Student Support team via [email protected] if you are facing unexpected financial difficulty

Named scholarships for 2021/22 entry

Eligible programmes: MA Intelligent Mobility only
Eligible fee status: Home fee students only
Value: Up to four full-fee scholarships plus a maintenance grant per scholar of circa £2,500 (based on 2020 fee rates)

Eligible programmes: Textiles MA only
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full fee scholarship with a maintenance grant of circa £1,500 (based on 2020 fee rates)

Eligible programmes: Architecture MA, Design Products MA, Digital Direction MA, Fashion MA, Information Experience Design MA, Innovation Design Engineering MA, Interior Design MA, Jewellery & Metal MA, Photography MA, Print MA, Textiles MA, Visual Communications MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: Seven full-fee scholarships
Selection priorities: Applicants with Home status who identify as BAME

Eligible programmes: Architecture
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One-off tuition fee bursary of £4,000

Eligible programmes: Sculpture MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full-fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: Textiles MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: Eight part-fee bursaries of £3,000 each

Eligible programmes: Painting MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship 

Eligible programmes: Ceramics & Glass MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: Ceramics & Glass MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: Jewellery & Metal MA
Eligible fee status: Home fee students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: All School of Design and School of Communications second-year students
Eligible fee status: Any fee status
Value: Two full tuition fee scholarships for the second year of study (remaining funds offered as a maintenance grant)
Key information: This scholarship is for second-year students only via nominations by School

Eligible programmes: Architecture
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: Two tuition fee bursaries of £5,000 (first year only)

Eligible programmes: Sculpture MA, Painting MA, Print MA, Contemporary Art Practice MA, Photography MA
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: Four full tuition fee scholarships 

Eligible programmes: Service Design MA only
Eligible fee status: International students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship plus a living cost stipend of £12,000 per year

Eligible programmes: Intelligent Mobility MA only
Eligible fee status: Any but preference for a UK student
Value: A scholarship of £30,000 which could be split into two awards of £15,000 (tuition fees)

Eligible programmes: Textiles MA only
Eligible fee status: Home students only
Value: One full tuition fee scholarship

Eligible programmes: Print MA, Photography MA, Sculpture MA, Painting MA, Contemporary Art Practice MA
Eligible fee status: Any fee status
Value: One part-fee scholarship of £5,000 per year

Eligible programmes: Fashion MA and Textiles MA only
Eligible fee status: Any fee status
Value: Two full fee scholarships* (part-fee for international fee students)

Eligible fee status: Any fee status
Value: Two part-fee scholarships of £4,000 (first year only)

Eligible programmes: All and MRes courses. 

Eligible fee status: UK fee status only

Value: Full tuition fee plus £15,000 per academic year towards course-related costs. 

Key information: This scholarship is aimed at students with a physical or sensory disability. 

Contact us

If you have any queries about the scholarships and funding and have not yet applied to study, please complete an Enquire to Study form.

Register your interest with us here
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