|Degree:||Master of Arts (MA)|
Expand the possibilities of your practice by developing a speculative, independent and critical ethos.
MA Architecture at the Royal College of Art is a research-driven, studio-based postgraduate education that critically tests the making of architecture and spatial practice. The programme supports the development of each students’ personal position and practice relative within the field. We foster an inclusive, critical and responsive, context in which architecture is explored as a medium, rather than a goal in itself. We are attentive to urgent political, social, and ecological questions, which allows us to interrogate the contexts and processes of architectural production and support our students to redefine practice.
Please note all applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the given deadline.
The School of Architecture is currently based at historic Kensington site.
The studios are the heart of day-to-day activity for the School. Studios are purpose-designed for inspiration and interaction between students of different design disciplines. Studio workspace is provided for each student. In addition, you have access to wood, metal, plastic and resin workshop facilities, as well as contemporary digital fabrication equipment and a suite of bookable project and making spaces.
The core of learning on the MA Architecture programme is project-based and structured around Architectural Design Studios (ADS), with each offering you a unique set of concerns, methods and critical frameworks. Each ADS has approximately 14 students, with first- and second-year students working alongside each other.
Year two Architecture students will be offered the opportunity to engage with practice mentors. This enables them to map shared research themes as well as developing a greater understanding of the diverse range of industry activity.
Exposure to and understanding of the working methods, approach and environment of each practice supports students in being reflective on their own emerging practice methods.
The mentoring scheme offers students another voice on their student work but can also offer guidance on professional development and industry engagement.
This initiative recognises the value of the collaborative networks that drive our students and continues the tradition of linking architectural education with industry as first established by the Royal College of Art, as a direct descendant of the Government School of Design, in 1837.
To provide prospective students with opportunities to find out about the RCA experience and programmes we run a number of on-campus and online open days as well as events in various countries around the world. You can find out about upcoming events or watch replays of past open days on the RCA website.