MA Entrance Requirements
Candidates are expected to have completed a BA degree. In recent years, students have come from fine art, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photo media, conservation, illustration, design, textiles, architecture and interactive arts courses. While many students enter the course after years of independent work, we also accept students directly from undergraduate courses.
We are looking for candidates who are excited about the potential of engaging with the College-wide peer group, and making the most of the educational opportunities the Programme offers. Candidates may not have made prints before but should have a keen interest in the nature of the multiplied image and the desire to investigate the ideas we engage with; the Programme is not primarily technique led.
This is an online, digital portfolio. Candidates may include up to 10 images or pages of images, in the digital portfolio, these should be clearly labelled and show the range of relevant work indicating the candidates achievements and future direction. Notebook pages /publications can be included if relevant.
If invited for an interview:
- Candidates will be expected to talk about their own work and their personal creative ambitions.
- Candidates should be able to demonstrate an original and critical approach to print-related practices as well as an ability to engage with relevant theories, content and contexts.
- Candidates should bring to the interview actual work completed since the hand in of the portfolio, any work in progress, and relevant sketchbooks or preparatory materials.
Cross College Requirements
For full details of cross-College entrance requirements and portfolio requirements (if applicable), see MA Entrance Requirements.
Pre-sessional Language Courses
The College offers an eight-week EAP Pre-Sessional Course runs from July to September every year for applicants who have not quite reached the required IELTS level before they start their Programme. Entry level for the eight-week Pre-sessional Course is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5–6.0 in the writing or 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing, or equivalent recognised by the College.
Fees & Funding
Applicants to the RCA from England and the EU are likely to be eligible for the new Postgraduate Student Loan of up to £10,000 per course of study.
See Tuition Fees for a breakdown of costs for Home and Overseas students on each of our degrees.
Students should estimate the cost of living in London at £12,000–£15,000 per year.
If you are from the USA you should note that the Royal College of Art is designated as an eligible institution for American students to apply for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the new Direct Loan Program. The RCA's School Code is 00942300.
Due to a substantial increase in applications, we are no longer accepting applications to this Programme for a September 2019 start. New applications are welcome but will be considered for a September 2020 start. If places become available for a 2019 start, successful applicants will be contacted.
If you are considering applying to the College, you can prepare for your application by researching the academic programmes offered by each of the Schools, and accessing the Tuition Fees and Funding Support information available. The College provides a number of bursaries towards fees and the costs of living in London. They are available to home and EU students on a competitive basis. For further details, please see Financial Help.