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Royal College of Art: Graduate Diploma Art & Design

Institution Royal College of Art
Department School of Arts and Humanities
Study type Taught


The Graduate Diploma Art & Design prepares you for Master’s study in Art and Design. We focus on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices of art and design, and on introducing you to the role and influence of art and design in the world today.

We aim to make you better informed about the study options available to you, as well as the possible career paths that you might follow beyond graduation.

The programme is interdisciplinary in nature, mirroring the experience of Master’s study at the RCA, however on the Graduate Diploma you’ll be invited to select a specialism at enrolment from the following areas: Communication; Fine Art; Humanities; Fashion & Textiles, and Product, Interiors & Spatial Design.

Subject to availability, all students passing the programme with Distinction are guaranteed entry to MA and MRes programmes that reflect their specialism of study on the Graduate Diploma.

All other students passing the programme will be guaranteed consideration for MA and MRes programmes of their choice. Entry to the our programmes is conditional on students meeting postgraduate English-language requirements demonstrated by an additional IELTS test or equivalent.

Modes of study The Graduate Diploma now has three modes of study you can apply for: - Fully on campus for both stage one and stage two.

  • Blended: stage one (15 weeks) online, stage two (15 weeks) on campus.

  • Fully online for both stage one and stage two.

About the RCA The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading postgraduate art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities to develop their practice, build their networks, enhance their career and to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA champions the value of collaborative and interdisciplinary learning – as the first art and design university in the world to implement a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Maths) vision. We are committed to creating the next generation of creative leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.

For eight consecutive years, the RCA has been ranked as the world’s number 1 art & design university in the QS World University subject rankings (2015-2022) - attracting artists, designers and communicators from across the globe.

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