Taught course


Royal College of Art · Architecture

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a high-quality first degree in architecture, interior design or a related discipline and should have at least one years experience working in a design office. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to your 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 two years is essential. You should submit a portfolio together with any relevant supporting design material. If you wish to gain exemption from RIBA Part 2, you need to have completed your RIBA Part 1.

Within the Architecture department, four Architectual Design Studios (ADSs) pursue urban themes with a cultural edge, creating a context for students' thesis projects. Each of the four ADSs operates under its own theme, which informs the opportunities for development within it. Together the ADSs span major aspects of architecture today. They cover a range of issues from hybridisation in a modern multiracial Britain to the contest between individual and branded identity. In some way, all of them consider architecture as a medium of communication. A general guide to current ADS themes is available through the department website.

Months of entry


Course content

This course gives students advanced knowledge of the industry and its requirements. At MA level we prepare students for an effective, ideas-driven approach to architecture. They learn not only how to build design skills, how to communicate them and how to design cleverly and provocatively, but also how these designs can be part of the real world. We emphasise an interactive way of working by going into a particular subject in depth and then by designing through a process of documenting, sketching and model-making and the computer equivalent of all these.

Information for international students

The College seeks to both reach out to the world and to bring the world to us. We have numerous links with academic and commercial organisations outside the UK. Please visit our website for information on getting funding, Visas, finding accommodation, paying your fees, living in London and lots more.

Fees and funding

A generous bursary scheme exists at the RCA for eligible students: this year the Royal College of Art allocated ₤2.8 million in fees and maintenance grants. Contact registry for details. For international students contact British Council in own country.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Celeste Channer-Nelson
+44 (0) 20 7590 4567