The MA programme provides students who have already acquired knowledge and skills in various areas of design with an academic framework in which to continue to develop their own professional direction. The course takes a pluralistic view of the students' ideas and interests and there is an atmosphere that encourages experimental, groundbreaking work, encouraging a critical approach and a questioning of accepted practices.
Who should take this course
This programme is ideal for those looking to enhance their expertise, develop creative and design-thinking mindsets or change careers. Current students on this programme include:
- Early-career professionals
- Mid-career professionals
- Advanced career professionals
The Design Products Programme consists of six Programme-specific units that provide the core learning. These units are complemented by the Cross-School Programme addressing a grand challenge and a College-wide module culminating in a dissertation where students are encouraged to research their design interests to inform their further projects. The Cross-School Programme fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary skills, providing an opportunity to network and work closely across different disciplines within the school, and work on shorter faster projects.
The progression of the units is designed to increase the level of ambiguity and uncertainty of the projects as we move from the first year
About Course Provider
The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, placing at Number One in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 QS World University Rankings.
Wholly postgraduate and specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD across the disciplines of applied art, fine art, design, communications and humanities. There are over 1,750 Master’s and doctoral students and more than 1,000 professionals interacting with them - including scholars, art and design practitioners--along with specialists, advisers and distinguished visitors.
The College is rightly proud of its graduates' achievements. Alumni from the RCA form part of an international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the culture surrounding all of us – from the landscape of our cities to the furniture and appliances in our homes, and from the clothes we wear and the films we watch to the work we experience in galleries and the cars we drive.
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