Admissions & Application Guidance

Applications for 2019 entry are still open for some programmes. Apply online for these.

The Royal College of Art welcomes applications from all over the world. If you are considering applying to the College for 2019/20, 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 2019 entry, all programmes welcome enquiries regarding Graduate Diploma, MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD study throughout the year. 

Due to substantial increase in applications we are no longer accepting applications for the following Programmes 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. 

MA Animation | MA Architecture | MPhil/PhD Architecture | MPhil/PhD Arts & Humanities | MA Ceramics & Glass | MA City Design | MA Contemporary Art Practice | MA Curating Contemporary Art | MA Design Products | MA Digital Direction |  MA Environmental Architecture | MA Fashion Menswear & Womenswear | MA/MSc Global Innovation Design | MA History of Design | MRes Healthcare & Design | MA Jewellery & Metal | MA / MSc Innovation Design Engineering | MA Interior Design | MA Painting | MA Photography | MA Print | MA Sculpture | MA Service Design | MA Textiles | MA Visual Communication   

Online applications for the January 2020 intake for Graduate Diploma Art & Design are now open..

EU Students

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

The RCA offers Open Days between October and January and potential students are encouraged to visit WIP show in February and graduate exhibition in June, to view stduent work and find out more about studying at the RCA. Click here for details of Open Days for 2020/21 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 | Curating Contemporary Art Design Products | Digital Direction | Environmental ArchitectureFashion Menswear Fashion Womenswear | 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 students, 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.