Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Students are able to explore an array of disciplines: photography, film, video, text, paint, sound, wood'block type, print, environment and digital; ideas and creativity are their main medium, and visual intelligence, thoughtfulness and playfulness are the tools of their trade; the role of a communication designer or artist today is no longer limited to a single discipline or linear career path; what is required now is a breadth of skills and personal qualities: the ability to be fluent in a wide range of technical skills and of thinking'through'making backed by rigorous self'criticism, an informed awareness of context and audience, the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently, and above all an idealistic commitment to improve whichever field of the cultural environment they choose to work in.

Course Modules

Students are introduced to the philosophy and ethos of the programme through a series of seminars and presentations; the initial project work is designed to enable students to benefit from the wide range of approaches and backgrounds represented within the programme; students also make presentations of their work to each other and to tutors; students are required to choose from a series of project options which cover a range of issues and approaches, managed and critiqued by specialist tutors; students also undertake the mandatory critical and historical studies programme. Students are expected to take a full part in the programme of seminars, discussions and debates which will be provided to address issues relating to contemporary culture.

Course Additional Entry

Applicants will normally have a BA, or an equivalent overseas qualification or sufficient work experience to demonstrate the appropriate intellectual, creative and personal qualities to engage with the demands of the programme. Portfolio: should display the applicant's abilities, experience and interests.

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