Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

The Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum's programme offers the opportunity to study design and material culture in all its aspects, from the early 15th century to the present day, across global geographies; students study the aesthetic, social, cultural, technological, economic and political contexts for design through themes such as skill and craftsmanship, trade and exchange, marketing and consumption, style and identity.

Course Modules

The programme offers 3 specialisms: renaissance history of design and material culture 1400 to 1650; Asian history of design and material culture 1450 to present; modern history of design and material culture 1650 to present day.

Course Additional Entry

Students should have a good undergraduate degree in an arts or humanities subject. Students with a strong degree in other undergraduate fields will also be considered, if they can demonstrate their suitability to the study of history of design at application and interview. Students with a background in art or design practice are also encouraged to apply. Applicants for the MA programme should outline their interest in studying one of the programme specialisms: Renaissance and early modern, Asian (early modern to contemporary) or modern and contemporary.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees