What will I learn?

Offered jointly by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the MA creates critical histories through artefacts, environments and our interactions with them, whether in design, performance, photography or material culture more broadly.

We see the history of design and material culture as interdisciplinary. Our tutors' research and teaching expertise range from the early modern to the contemporary, with particular area expertise in the UK/Europe, North America and Asia, and in transnational and global connections. As a programme we are committed to inclusivity, decoloniality and social engagement.

V&A/RCA History of Design MA embraces history that is public-facing, experimental and committed to academic excellence, connected to communities in public museums and art schools. We see history as practice-based and bring a distinctly global outlook to historical questions, placing local histories in comparative context and tracing diverse, global networks through material culture.

Which department am I in?

Royal College of Art

Study options

Full Time (15 months)

Tuition fees
£34,850.00 (US$ 47,966) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Royal College of Art

Kensington Gore,

Kensington and Chelsea,

London,

SW7 2EU, England

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
£34,850.00 (US$ 47,966) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Royal College of Art

Kensington Gore,

Kensington and Chelsea,

London,

SW7 2EU, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must normally have obtained a good relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification. The College recognises as an equivalent qualification any degree, diploma, certificate or other evidence of formal qualification awarded by a university or other higher education establishment where the award is made following the successful completion of a course of at least three years’ study, the programme of study being open, as a general rule, only to persons holding a certificate awarded on the successful completion of a full course of upper secondary education. 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 study successfully. Applicants should normally be aged over 21 years by 1 September of the proposed year of admission.

For international students

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your application, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall. You should have a good first degree in an arts and humanities or an art, design, photography or performance practice background. If you have a different background, for example in the social sciences or professions, we encourage you to apply. We welcome applications from students of all ages, and view both prior academic and professional experience as valuable. If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard. TOEFL - 92

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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