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Applications 2021/22

Applications remain open for the September 2021 intake. As our main application deadlines have now passed, please note that your application will be subject to the availability of places. Some programmes may only have waiting list places available. We welcome applications for the Graduate Diploma Art & Design (January 2022 intake), MRes and Research programmes.

You can apply for your Programme of interest via our online application portal. Please ensure you visit the Application Process  webpage before starting you application. 

Open Days

The RCA is currently offering online open days to allow potential students to find out more about the RCA experience, programmes, admissions and funding. Click here for details of open days for 2021/22 entry and to register to attend. 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.

Entrance Requirements

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


For complete programme information, including specific entry requirements and the application process, visit the links below. Programmes still accepting applications to start in September 2021 are:

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

Applications are also open for our  MPhil and PhD programmes. We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a place.

Programmes closed for new applications are: Design Products | Digital Direction | Interior Design Information Experience Design (Experimental Design pathway only) | Painting | Visual Communication MRes RCA: Architecture Pathway | Arts & Humanities MPhil/PhD | Communication MPhil/PhD | History of Design MPhil/PhD

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.

Please note that information is updated annually, so do check current details when you make your application, even if you are already familiar with the Programme and guidance for applicants. 


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

Tuition Fees and Funding

Click on the link for details of current tuition fees and funding opportunities. These pages will be updated regularly with current funding information, so do check back during your application process for updated information.

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.

Where can the RCA take you? 

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

Admissions Tutors

Admission Tutors work across a given School to oversee recruitment processes and where appropriate conduct interviews and make offers.

School of Architecture: Ian Higgins
School of Arts & Humanities: John Slyce
School of Design: Dr Rob Phillips and Freddie Robbins
School of Communication: Joe King 

Initial application queries should be directed to Admissions at [email protected] or +44 (0)20 7590 4444



+44 (0)20 7590 4444
[email protected]