Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Architecture at the RCA sets out to inspire design innovation. The programme expands the possibilities of architecture and its agency in the world by encouraging a speculative, independent and critical ethos among its students. The two'year long programme conceives of architecture as a diverse and complex set of practices that move beyond traditional distinctions and limits in the field. A radical and innovative approach to pedagogy and research, as well as a commitment to an open'minded, experimental studio culture, sets the RCA apart.

Teaching in the MA programme revolves around the Architectural Design Studio. Each ADS is understood as a platform for design research organised around important global challenges and opportunities such as ecology, housing, urbanism, mobility and manufacturing.

The programme offers:

– an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline

– an ideal environment for students looking to develop a distinctive voice in the field

– the opportunity to present your work to the profession and the general public at the graduate Show

– a unique chance to collaborate with future leaders in other art and design disciplines including photography, sculpture, visual communications and animation

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 £19,000 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £56,800 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.