Taught course

Global Innovation Design

Royal College of Art · School of Arts and Humanities

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Entry requirements

Global Innovation Design applicants normally need to have at least a UK honours degree at 2:1 level (or the equivalent) in any subject relevant to innovation. It is normally desirable for applicants to have some relevant work experience.

Applications for the 2021 intake are open. Visit the RCA website from this date for details.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Global Innovation Design (GID) is a multidisciplinary and transnational design programme, awarding both an MA from the Royal College of Art and an MSc from Imperial College London. It is jointly run by the two institutions, and students are fully enrolled at both.

On this six-term (two-year) Master’s programme, each student spends terms three and four overseas, studying at two of our partner institutions: either a term each at Keio University Tokyo then the Pratt Institute New York, or Tsinghua University Beijing then Nanyang Technical University Singapore. Each institution offers its unique expertise and complementary approach to design, engineering and technology, business and culture, within the context of internationally oriented innovation. All students return to London for their final two terms.

GID offers an unparalleled transformative postgraduate experience that cultivates activated designers – future creative leaders who will tackle complex problems and deliver positive social, environmental, economic and cultural change.

The programme offers:

  • a double Master’s: MA and MSc
  • a diverse and international mix of students
  • potential enterprise and commercialisation support through the InnovationRCA incubator
  • leadership skills for design-related enterprises operating in international environments
  • high-level graduate destinations: alumni work in international corporations, global consultancies as well as new selfstarted enterprises

Alumni Webinar - 21 January 2021 - online

Join us for this an exciting webinar with Vidhi Mehta - School of Design graduate and Senior User Experience Designer at LinkedIn. Vidhi will discuss her time at the RCA and her experience as an international student, as well as her experience exhibiting at the annual Work-in-Progress (WIP) show (online in 2021 from 29 January). Register now

Information for international students

Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved at least an IELTS exam score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in ALL elements (or equivalent from another approved test by another provider such as Pearson Academic PTE).

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

RCA Student Recruitment