Entry requirements

Applications are encouraged from anyone with a good BA degree in a humanities/arts subject (including studio courses in art and design). We have accepted students with a background in other academic fields in the past. All applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to writing and a strong interest in contemporary art and design practice.

Applications for the 2020 intake open on 16 September, 2019. 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 five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

The Writing MA programme provides unique opportunities for postgraduate students to develop high-level writing, research and analytical skills in the setting of one of the world’s most dynamic art schools. Combining workshop models of teaching and learning, and public-facing projects with leading arts organisations, the MA provides the skills required for a successful career in writing, the arts or a research degree.

The programme is committed to a broad definition of arts writing: from journalism to academic art history, theoretical reflection to creative or imaginative work. The practice and discipline of writing are essential to our teaching, as well as engagement with other disciplines and the broad range of arts, design and culture. The MA programme encourages individual and collaborative writing, with supportive teaching and exposure to key thinkers and writers through our guest speakers and public events.

The programme offers:

  • a chance to develop the intellectual, literary and technical skills to work in a variety of arts contexts
  • an environment in which to explore both critical and creative writing
  • opportunities to collaborate with prestigious and innovative arts organisations
  • a strong grounding for a subsequent research degree.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7590 4444