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Admissions & Application Guidance

Round 2 applications are now closed. If you would like to complete your application  as soon as possible we will accept it. Please be aware that as the application deadline has passed, your application will be subject to availability of places following  Round 2 decisions.  Applications for Graduate Diploma Art & Design remain open for entry in July 2020.

If you wish to register for updates, please click here.

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

EU Students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students applying to English universities for autumn 2020 entry will continue to benefit from the current system of postgraduate loans and pay the same fees as UK students, for the duration of their programme.

EU nationals will also remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for 2020 to help cover costs for the duration of their study.

For more information, including frequently asked questions following the results of the UK Referendum held in June 2016, see EU Students.

Entrance Requirements

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


For complete programme information, including specific entry requirements, and student interviews, see the links below:

Animation | Architecture | Ceramics & Glass | City Design | Contemporary Art Practice | Curating Contemporary Art Design Products | Digital Direction | Environmental Architecture | Fashion | Global Innovation 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

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

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. These pages will be updated regularly with current funding information, so do check back during your application process for updated information.

Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

£10,000 study loans available to do MA, MPhil and MRes courses at the RCA.

Government loans are available to eligible Home and EU students resident within the UK, starting Master's programmes from 2016 onwards. These loans differ from pre-2016 postgraduate loans and repayments will be made post-study as a proportion of income, rather than being fixed amounts. Click here for more details.

Office for Students Guidance for Prospective Postgraduate Students

The Office for Students guide Steps to Postgraduate Study provides information and resources for prospective UK, European Union 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.