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Prospective candidates are likely to be students of architecture with a three+two-year Bachelor and Master’s degree, or Master’s- equivalent five-year Diploma preferably in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or other related design discipline looking to acquire expertise in large scale, urban/city design projects.
Other backgrounds, such as social sciences, geography, urban studies, planning or econ- omics, will also be considered if prior work is of exceptional merit and students are able to demonstrate their ability to work alongside and contribute to multidisciplinary teams. Evidence of intellectual and professional curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding period of study is essential.
Applications for the 2021 are open. Visit the RCA website from this date for details.
Months of entry
Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for six consecutive years (2015-2020) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.
With a global urban population of four billion and 28 megacities, urban life is experiencing momentous change. New social groups are emerging, populations are ageing, family units are extending and dispersing, work is becoming casualised and whole communities have moved online. At the same time, dangerous new social divides are appearing on the periphery of cities, between different cultures, and now also between different generations.
The MA City Design programme is a 15-month MA aimed at an emerging generation of architects interested in the convergence of new social, technical and spatial innovations, and harnessing their potential to generate alternative forms of urban life.
New possibilities are emerging and their consequences promise to be profound: modern social movements, automated building supply chains, technology platforms, driverless transport and logistics, distributed water and energy infrastructure – all will radically reshape the city’s fundamental building blocks.
The programme offers:
- an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline
- the opportunity to pursue a degree within a world-leading art and design institution
- access to a rich culture of radical and experimental interdisciplinary work at the Royal College of Art
- the chance to establish a network of colleagues and mentors in the city of London
Fees and funding
Learn more at the fees and funding page.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time15 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- RCA Student Recruitment