Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

This course is designed to enhance each student's experience at the College by engaging with important ideas that are relevant to their studio work in an exciting and challenging manner. Research on this programme is by thesis, however in an environment where the majority of programmes are studio'based, the approach is to fully engage with the theoretical positions that art and design practice embodies; it provides each student with an intellectual framework within which they can begin to establish a coherent relationship between theory and practice.

Course Modules

Current and recent research areas includes: British art criticism; art institutional collections and the reception of product design in the past 50 years; eco'aesthetics, a new interpretation of fine art practice in the light of environmental and participatory networks; extensive comparative studies of urban development and its impact on cultural identity in London, Paris, Lisbon and Brussels.

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 years
Full Time
PhD £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees