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Graduate Diploma Art & Design (Pre-master's Conversion)

Royal College of Art · Art and Design

Entry requirements

Applications for the January 2023 intake are now open. Visit the RCA website for application dates, details and full entry requirements.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for eight consecutive years (2015-2022) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

The Graduate Diploma Art & Design prepares students for Master’s study in Art and Design. The programme focuses on developing proficiency in the discursive languages and independent learning methods and practices of art and design, and on introducing students to the role and influence of art and design in the world today.

The programme aims to make its participants better informed about the study options available to them, as well as the possible career paths that they might follow beyond graduation.

The programme will be interdisciplinary in nature, mirroring the experience of Master’s study at the RCA, however Graduate Diploma students will be invited to select a specialism at enrolment from the following areas: Communication; Fine Art; Humanities; Fashion & Textiles, and Product, Interiors & Spatial Design.

The programme offers:

  • The opportunity to specialise in one of five practice-led disciplines
  • Development of a final portfolio that can be used for application to further postgraduate study or direct employment
  • Guaranteed progression to an RCA MA programme subject to final classification and availability of places
  • A unique and interdisciplinary studio-based learning experience
  • Development of English language proficiency
  • An introduction to the learning methods required for postgraduate study

Modes of study

The Graduate Diploma now has three modes of study you can apply for:

  • Fully on campus for both stage 1 and stage 2.
  • Blended: stage one (15 weeks) online, stage two (15 weeks) on campus.
  • Fully online for both stage one and stage two.
Open Days
Join an RCA online or on-campus open day to find out more about this programme - RCA Open Days.

Progression to Master's

Subject to availability, all students passing the programme with Distinction are guaranteed entry to MA and MRes programmes that reflect their specialism of study on the Graduate Diploma. Read about seven Graduate Diploma students who progressed to MA's at the RCA.

Fees and funding

Visit the RCA website to find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

RCA Student Recruitment