Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Architecture at the RCA seeks to encourage individual speculation, experimentation and innovation. At MA level we prepare students for a critical ideas'driven approach to architecture, underpinned by a strong sense of material reality and making. Not only do we aim to harness and extend students’ knowledge, design skill and creativity, but also we want them to know how to communicate it. The pursuit of these aims in architecture makes particular sense in the broader context of the College, where proximity of sophisticated practice across the art and design spectrum encourages a wide, multidisciplinary view of design. Through our practical experience we offer challenges, sparking creativity and supplying critical analysis, and we provide an environment where students can pursue, debate and prioritize these issues as individual designers to create original and rigorous architecture.

Course Modules

Research, experiment and design 1; technical studies; cultural context/chs; management, practice and law (professional; practice studies); research, experiment and design.

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:

  • Applicants should have achieved a high-quality 1st degree in architecture (RIBA Part 1) or an international equivalent degree (or higher), and should have at least 1 year’s experience working in a design office. Applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to the major discipline and an ability to respond to stimuli from unexpected sources. Evidence of sensitivity, invention, curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding 2 years is essential.