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Graduate Diploma Application Process

Applications for the January 2022 intake of the Graduate Diploma Art & Design will open soon.

Applications for the Graduate Diploma Art & Design, January 2022 intake will open soon, please complete an Enquiry to Study form to be updated. Applications for the July 2021 intake of the Graduate Diploma Art & Design have closed

There is no deadline for applications to Graduate Diploma Art & Design which has intakes in January and July. However, applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as they are ready to submit their application and portfolio; if you delay your application, your preferred intake may be full. 

Application process

1. Check you are eligible

Please ensure that you fulfil the particular entrance requirements of the programme before applying – see entrance requirements for details.

2. Check you meet the English language requirements.

You will be expected to demonstrate that you have a reasonable knowledge of the English language.

Graduate Diploma candidates who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum 5.5 across each area. Please note that tests must be no older than two years.

Students who need a Student Visa to study in the UK should note that if they are offered a place at the RCA, it is likely they will be required to take an external test as a condition of their offer in order to meet the Home Office's English Language requirements. For more information, please see English Language Requirements.

How to submit your application

Find out about general Graduate Diploma entrance requirements and further requirements for specialisms. When you’re ready to submit your application, visit our online application portal. If you don’t yet have an account, you’ll need to create one. After you have set up an account, follow these steps:

Choose your programme and specialism. Watch the welcome video from the Programme Lead in the application portal. These videos will give an insight into what they are looking for in candidates, including their expectations for the examples of applicants’ work and the applicants’ video. This will be followed by  instructions on how to upload your portfolio (this is also provided in written format).

1. Provide the following information:

  • Personal details
  • Predicted or achieved performance in previous qualifications and/or evidence of equivalent professional experience
  • References
  • Evidence of English language proficiency if English is not your first language
  • Context in which qualifications have been achieved or are being completed

2. Submit your portfolio.

  • Upload up to five image or video files of your own work

3. Provide a 300-word written statement about your motivation to study on the programme. 

4. The critical challenge – upload a video of up to two minutes of yourself talking to the camera about your personal creative journey.

The specific requirements of the portfolio, statement and critical challenge are included in  the application portal. Please read these requirements carefully before submitting your application.

Please note that we reserve the right to reject any application, or withdraw an offer, if any part of the application is identified as being plagiarised or otherwise fraudulent. 

What happens next

Reviewing your application

Your application will be reviewed by our academic staff including the Programme Lead and in some cases Senior Tutors and Admissions Tutors. 

In a small number of instances, it may not be possible to make a decision based on an application alone. In these cases, you will be invited to attend an interview in-person or by video call. Your invitation letter will contain full details of the interview  and what you need to prepare. 

Accepting your offer

If you receive an offer of a place, you will be required to accept your offer and then you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. This deposit will secure your place and be offset against your tuition fees.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, you can get in touch with us at [email protected]

Any queries about the application process should be addressed to:

+44 (0)20 7590 4444
[email protected]

Open Days

To view the most recent Gradate Diploma online open day presentation, click here


Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU
+44 (0)20 7590 4444
[email protected]