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Communication, Show RCA 2019

Overview

Challenging and transforming

Key details

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Encouraging distinctive voices in communication practice.

Programme details for 2022 entry are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November 2021.

Visual Communication MA at the RCA provides the opportunity to challenge, transform and situate one’s creative practice in relevance to global audiences. It expands the contribution of visual communication through an approach that values agency, experimentation and critical making. The MA programme has a long history of critically examining the place and importance of visual communication in relation to culture and society within an interdisciplinary environment.

As noted by our students, critical discourse around what it means to be a ‘visual communicator’ today opens up possibilities about the process and contexts of communication; and in doing so shows that the designer and artist’s skill set is transferable beyond the sole confines of the visual and also includes sound, code, text, space, event and experience.

Situating practice within a global context is a guiding principle of our programme across the three pathways of Experimental Communication, Graphic Design and Illustration. We expect our students to draw upon a wide range of material from the fields of art and design culture to support, develop and advance their practice.

These include the histories and theories of art and design, artists’ and designers’ writings, cultural, literary and social theory, film, literature, philosophy, politics and technology.

Explore further

Visit 2020.rca.ac.uk to view graduate work from the class of 2020

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Facilities

The School of Communication is currently located on our White City site.

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Our mixed-discipline studios encourage cross-disciplinary thought, awareness and action. Studio workspace is provided for each student. In addition, you have access to craft and technical workshop areas and excellent technical support in the College. These include well-equipped computer studios for print and digital moving-image production, sound editing, a letterpress and book-binding workshop.

  • White City studios (photo: Richard Haughton)

    White City studios (photo: Richard Haughton)

  • School of Communication studio

    School of Communication studio (photo: Richard Haughton)

  • Computer room, White City

    Computer room, White City

More details on what you'll study.

Programme details for 2022 entry are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November 2021.

Requirements

What you need to know before you apply

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.

You will normally have a BA, or an equivalent overseas qualification or sufficient work experience to demonstrate the appropriate intellectual, creative and personal qualities to engage with the demands of the programme.

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds. While the majority still come directly from first-degree programmes in graphic design, interaction design, illustration, moving image and sound, students have also joined the programme from backgrounds as diverse as computer science, economics, fine art, history, journalism, literature, architecture, product and textiles.

What's needed from you

Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as an artist or designer and can be made up of images, videos or writing examples. Your portfolio helps us to better understand your application and allows you to show evidence of your ability and motivation to undertake a given programme.

Generally, we’re looking for you to demonstrate your:

  • Creativity, imagination and innovation
  • Ability to articulate the intentions of the work
  • Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work
  • Technical skills appropriate to the work
  • Potential to benefit from the programme

If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and at least 5.5 in other skills. Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard.

You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years.

If you need a Student Visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

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Fees & funding

For this programme

Fees for new students

Fees for 2022 are being updated. Please visit the website again for updated information on 1 November. You'll find tuition fees for 2021 entry below.

Home
(subsidised)
£9,750 per year
£19,500 total cost*
Channel Islands and Isle of Man
(subsidised)
£14,500 per year
£29,000 total cost*
Overseas and EU
£29,000 per year
£58,000 total cost*

Deposit

New entrants to the College for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. This will be offset against the tuition fees for the first year of study.

Home
£500
Overseas and EU
£2,000

* Total cost is based on the assumption that the programme is completed in the timeframe stated in the programme details. Additional study time may incur additional charges.

Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic Programme and scholarships panel.

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External funding

There are many funding sources, with some students securing scholarships and others saving money from working. It is impossible to list all the potential funding sources; however, the following information could be useful.

Payments

Tuition fees are due on the first day of the academic year and students are sent an invoice prior to beginning their studies. Payments can be made in advance, on registration or in two instalments.

Ask a question

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