Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Students can embark on a theoretical, historical and practical examination of the display and reception of art since the 1960s; research topics include: adventures in exhibition making; the changing role of the curator; the artist as curator.

Course Modules

PhD and MPhil research students in Critical Writing in Art & Design are working on the following themes: the phenomenon of Art Writing in Britain since c. 2000; a critical examination of Open Source design processes; the changing face of graphic design in Latvia since the end of the Soviet Union; bad art, bad writing: Towards a critical aesthetics of disruption; utopianism and communist visions in new media art

Course Additional Entry

For MPhil: normally a good relevant undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification. For PhD: Master's degree or equivalent qualification; initial registration is usually for MPhil. Exceptionally, other qualifications may be approved, providing that the Academic Board for Concessions and Discipline (ABCD) is satisfied that the applicant has the ability to pursue the programme of research successfully. Candidates who do not speak English as their 1st language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved at least 93 in the TOEFL internet based test with an additional writing test score of TWE 24 or an IELTS exam score of 6.5 including 6.5 in writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 6 years
Part Time
MPhil £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 6 years
Part Time
MPhil £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees