Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

The course encourages experimentation across a range of material possibilities. In the 1st year, students engage in projects that develop their technical skills, explore methods of research and promote analytical and critical thinking; on joining the course, students engage in a short, 6'week project that makes use of the ceramic and glass collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and acts as an introduction to the programme's facilities, materials and personalities. For the rest of the 1st year, students elect to explore 1 of a number of different territories as a focus for the development of their creative practice; themes are explored through a range of activities including visits, film screenings, readings, lectures and discussions; in the 2nd year students are able to specialise further, and are encouraged to promote independent thinking.

Course Modules

Critical and historical studies; learning and teaching methods: personal tutorials; group and joint tutorials; seminars and lectures; discussions and demonstrations; master classes.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £9,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £28,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • MA entrance requirements for Ceramics & Glass are:
  • • A good undergraduate degree in ceramics or glass or equivalent professional experience.
  • • Applications are welcomed from candidates from related backgrounds, for example, textiles, sculpture, architecture and industrial design.
  • • Work experience, either before or after a first degree, is a great advantage.
  • • Students are selected on the basis of their talent, ambition and will to succeed as well as for their potential to contribute to the breadth and vitality of the
  • programme.
  • Portfolio:
  • • All candidates are required to submit an online portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme’s senior staff team and student representatives. The folio
  • should illustrate the whole range of your creative work and give an insight into both the way you think, develop and research ideas, and to what excites you
  • visually.
  • • Online portfolio submission:
  • o Please submit up to 10 digital images of finished work or work in progress. Each main image can be accompanied by up to 6 supporting images of relevant visual research or preparatory work, such as drawings, sketchbook scans or contextual references that are relative to your creative thinking.
  • o Images must be in JPG or PNG (2MB max, and we prefer 1024 x 768 pixels or greater) format or videos in MOV, MP4 or M4V (80MB max) format.