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Royal College of Art: History of Design MA - V&A/RCA

Institution Royal College of Art
Department School of Arts and Humanities
Web http://www.rca.ac.uk
Telephone 020 7590 4444
Study type Taught

Summary

Open Day - 7 February at V&A Visit our on-site open day at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London on 7 February. Pre-registration for this event is essential, visit the RCA website for details.

Programme Overview

Offered jointly by the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the MA uses artefact analysis – physical objects, digital matter, and spaces as well as services, interactions, policies, institutions and legal and technical systems – to reshape historical narratives and ask ambitious and relevant questions. Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university.*

The History of Design MA draws on the exceptional resources and national and international networks of two world-leading centres of excellence for scholarship and creativity. With a base at the RCA and dedicated programme rooms and library at the V&A, since its foundation in 1983 this pioneering programme has earned a world-wide reputation as the leading MA programme in the field. Our research-led teaching and experiential methods inspire and train future leaders in the field. Alumni of the programme are today working successfully in a range of positions across universities, museums, cultural organisations, design firms and media outlets, as well as in independent practice.

We see the history of design as interdisciplinary and future-facing. We offer ground-breaking tools and approaches for studying the history and material culture of design in everyday life, across a global geography from c. 1400 to the present. Our research and teaching ranges from the early modern to the contemporary, with particular expertise in the UK/Europe, North America and Asia, and in transnational and global connections. Our programme is strongly committed to inclusivity, decoloniality and social and environmental engagement.

Our wide staff expertise and the rich resources at the RCA and V&A enable students to explore, for example: fashion and textile history; histories of architecture, building and urban space; digital materialities; material histories of medicine, science and technology; the material culture of everyday life; histories and practices of making, craft and embodied knowledge; environmental history, ecologies of design and the Anthropocene; history of theatre and performance; social and political history in relation to design; decoloniality and social justice through design history practice; and global history through material culture.

Full- and Part-time options We are currently accepting applications for the 1-year full-time offer. A 24-month, part-time offer of this programme will open for applications from January 2022.

About the RCA The Royal College of Art, is an internationally renowned art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities 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 is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

*The RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the seventh consecutive year (2015-2021) in the QS World University subject rankings.

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