Taught course

Design Products MA

Royal College of Art · School of Design

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Entry requirements

For MA Design Products, you should have a good undergraduate degree or equivalent in an area of design, and proficient written and spoken English. Several years of professional experience, either before or after a first degree, is a benefit, and you should have a passion for making the world a better place. Applications are welcomed from candidates from related backgrounds, such as engineering, architecture, communication, sports science, medical/ health, international development/NGOs, economics/business.

Applications for the 2020 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 (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

The Design Products programme is about creativity for purpose – educating students to be design leaders, who address real-world challenges through balancing high levels of creativity and technical capability with contextual insight and empathy for people.

The Design Products identity is characterised by a pluralistic approach to designing for purpose through a number of design cultures – Design through Making, Design for Manufacture, Object Mediated Interactions, Design as Catalyst and Exploring Emergent Futures – which are underpinned by a set of contextual and real-world themes. This provides a platform for students to conceptualise and validate ideas by provoking, challenging people, places, things and systems through crafted artefacts.

Through team and individual projects involving external partners and tutored by practising designers and design researchers, students determine their own design culture, building a portfolio of work that locates them in their desired professional context. Graduates are creative catalysts and visionaries who go on to become leaders in their respective fields.

The programme offers:

  • intensive teaching in platforms
  • a programme of activities related to the themes
  • tutors who are leading practitioners and researchers
  • technical support for prototyping
  • access to College workshops and technical facilities
  • opportunities to exhibit in London and elsewhere
  • collaborative projects with industrial partners

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

Fees and funding

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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