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Admissions & Application Guidance

Applications are now open for study in 2021. Join us and take your place at the international forefront of art and design.

Apply now for study in September 2021

Applications are now open for our September 2021 intake. For complete programme information, including specific entry requirements and the application process, visit the links below. Programmes starting in September 2021 are:

Animation  | Architecture | Ceramics & Glass | City Design | Contemporary Art Practice | Curating Contemporary Art Design Products | Digital Direction | Environmental Architecture | Fashion | Global Innovation Design | Healthcare & Design History of Design Information Experience Design Innovation Design Engineering | Interior Design Jewellery & Metal | MRes RCA: Architecture Pathway | MRes RCA: Communication Design Pathway | MRes RCA: Design Pathway | MRes RCA: Fine Art & Humanities Pathway | Painting | Photography Print | Sculpture Service Design Sculpture | Textiles | Intelligent Mobility | Visual Communication Writing

Applications are also open for our  MPhil and PhD programmes.

Please note that programme information is updated annually, so do check current details before you make your application, even if you are already familiar with the programme and guidance for applicants. You can also see details of the application process for MA & MRes, MPhil & PhD, Graduate Diploma and post-experience programmes here.  

You can apply for your programme of interest via our online application portal.

If you wish to start your start your MA, MRes or PhD/MPhil in September 2021 we strongly recommend you complete your application as early as possible, and by the round 2 deadline of Wednesday 3 February 2021. 

Apply now to join the Graduate Diploma Art & Design

Applications are open for the July 2021 intake of the Graduate Diploma Art & Design

You can apply via our online application portal.

Open Days

The RCA's first online open day was held on Saturday 17 October 2020. Replays of all the talks are available to view here. Ahead of the next application deadline in February, we will be hosting some online Q&A sessions in January 2021, click here for more information and to book. Aspiring students are also are encouraged to attend the online Work-In-Progress (WIP) show in January and graduate exhibition in June, to view student work. Click here to view this year's digital graduate exhibition: RCA2020.

International Students

Students from outside the UK can access specific guidance about visa applications, pre-arrival information, accommodation and funding your studies in International Student Support.

Tuition Fees and Funding

Click on the link for details of current Tuition fees and funding opportunities including the UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme. These pages will be updated regularly with current funding information, so do check back during your application process for updated information.

Where can the RCA take you? 

Find out how the RCA experience is helping graduates fulfill their career ambitions.

Entrance Requirements

For general entry requirements and guidance for applicants, see Entrance Requirements.

Research Degrees

Information about Research at the RCA, including subject-area research profiles, current MPhil and PhD research projects and funding is available under Research

Office for Students Guidance for Prospective Postgraduate Students

The Office for Students guide Steps to Postgraduate Study provides information and resources for prospective Home and international students considering taught postgraduate courses. It highlights questions that students may wish to ask themselves and course providers about their study options, and provides links to where they may find answers.