Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

This programme offers students an opportunity to explore new ways of writing about contemporary art and design at a time when the media is undergoing considerable change; the programme has been built on the idea that writing and criticism are creative practices in their own right, with their own techniques, ethics and technologies. Students experiment creatively with different forms of writing and make critical judgements about the worth of these experiments; source, select and interpret primary sources and conduct interviews to develop original interpretations and understandings of a subject and develop a confident sense of their own professional potential based on self'reflection and an informed understanding of the ’market’ for his or her work.

Course Modules

In the 1st year: core writing and research skills, and in developing the understanding of the changing contexts in which writing is practiced. In the 2nd year, students increasingly become their own ‘editor’, shaping briefs and working in formats which they determine; the proportion of class'time will reduce slightly in favour of more independent study.

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:

  • Applications are encouraged from anyone with a good BA degree in a humanities/arts subject (including studio courses in art and design). They will need to demonstrate a commitment to writing and a strong interest in contemporary art and design practice. Applicants are encouraged to submit a sample of writing (published or unpublished) when applying. Prior to interview, applicants will be asked to write a review of a current exhibition or publication.