Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Students develop critical perspectives on contemporary art and design (including fashion, graphic design, applied arts and architecture); they undertake an individual programme of study which results in the production of a thesis; within these broad parameters, areas particularly encouraged include: new thinking into aspects of the history and contemporary practice of criticism; critical theory and its relations to contemporary art and design; the changing face and content of the media; and word and image relations; the course also supports interdisciplinary work (in, for instance, the borderlands between art and anthropology or between graphic design and journalism).

Course Modules

PhD and MPhil research students in Critical Writing in Art and 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 years
Full Time
PhD £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees