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

Royal College of Art · Art and Design

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Entry requirements

All applicants must evidence a good undergraduate degree in a related subject area.

Applications for the January 2022 intake are now open. Visit the RCA website for full entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for seven consecutive years (2015-2021) 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

Book now to attend the Graduate Diploma online open day on 13 October 2021.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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