Entry requirements

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process considers creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall. You’ll have completed or be in the final year of a first degree in an art and design (or related) subject. Alongside this, you’ll need proven commitment to the discipline, with a high level of self-motivation and evidence of independent study. You should possess a high standard of illustrative skills and an understanding of 3D form.

Visit the RCA website for application dates, details and full entry requirements.

Our Graduate Diploma Art & Design (pre-master's conversion) course can provide a means to progress to this programme on completion.

Months of entry


Course content

Creating design leaders with the skills to influence the future of the transport sectors. 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 Intelligent Mobility MA programme builds on the rich history of vehicle design at the RCA and places this within the context of a number of emerging social, cultural and technical changes. These include the shift to autonomous systems, renewable power, demographic changes and the increasing synthesis between man and machine.

The philosophy of this programme is to equip students to deliver critical solutions to holistic mobility needs and issues. Students work closely with mobility design practitioners, thought leaders and leading brands to ensure they have a thorough understanding of industrial practice and the opportunity to engage and influence critical questions relating to business, production and new models of ownership and use. Recent collaborations include: Audi, Bentley, Citroen, Hitachi Rail Europe, Jaguar, Kia, EXA, Sabic and TATA.

The aim of this commercial, connected approach is to equip students to be practice leaders within the ‘third age’ of automotive and mobility design and the broad spectrum of mobility services and artefacts - forming a new generation of designers who have both the skill set and mind-set to operate as strategic leaders with a broad range of abilities and insight about their own ‘point-of-impact’ on an increasingly diverse industry.


Our alumni form an international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the world. These include:

  • Pratap Bose - Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer at Mahindra Group
  • Thomas Ingenlath - Chief Design Officer at Volvo Cars
  • Helen Emsley - Executive Director at Global GMC & Buick Design
  • Marek Reichman - Design Director at Aston Martin Lagonda
  • Peter Schreyer - Chief Design Officer at Kia Motors
  • Frank Stephenson - fmr Director of Design at McLaren and Alfa Romeo
  • David Woodhouse - Vice President at Nissan Design America
Open Days
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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

RCA Student Recruitment