Admissions & Application Guidance

Applications for 2018 entry are still being accepted for all Programmes except MA Architecture, MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering, MA Interior Design, MA Photography and MA Print

Apply HERE.

The Royal College of Art welcomes applications from all over the world. If you are considering applying to the College for 2018/19, you can prepare for your application by researching the academic programmes offered by each of the Schools, accessing the Application Process page and information under Fees & Funding

The criteria for acceptance are talent and potential, along with the commitment and the ambition to make a difference within an art or design discipline.

In this section, you will find details about what is required to make an MA or Research application to the College, along with dates and deadlines and information about entry requirements.

All programmes welcome enquiries regarding MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD study throughout the year. 

Our Equal Opportunities Policy is published online.

Online Applications

See Application Process for a full schedule of key application dates. If you are considering applying to the College, you can prepare for your application by researching the Programme and accessing the Admissions Support information. Please make sure you read the guidance before you fill in your application.

You can apply online for 2018 entry from 16 October 2017. All programmes welcome enquiries regarding MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD study throughout the year. 

EU Students

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students applying to English universities for autumn 2019 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 2019 to 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.

Open Days

Programmes offer Open Days between October and January, as well as during the graduate exhibition in June, when potential applicants can visit the facilities, meet current staff and students and find out more about studying at the RCA. Click here for details of Open Days for 2017/18 entry.

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 | Critical Writing in Art & Design | Curating Contemporary Art Design Products | Digital Direction | Environmental ArchitectureFashion Menswear Fashion Womenswear | Global Innovation Design | Jewellery & Metal History of Design Information Experience Design Innovation Design Engineering | Interior Design MRes RCA: Architecture Pathway | MRes RCA: Communication Design Pathway | MRes RCA: Design Pathway | MRes RCA: Fine Art Pathway | MRes RCA: Humanities Pathway | Painting | Photography Print | 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.

New Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

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

The Higher Education Funding Council for England have announced details of a new loan scheme for students starting Master courses from 2016. Click here for more details.

HEFCE Guidance for Prospective Postgraduate Students

The HEFCE 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.