Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

About the Programme

The spirit of Ceramics & Glass at the RCA springs from the heart of those media, and a belief in the transformative power of material thinking, research and making to enrich our world in imaginative and meaningful ways. The programme is a site for contemporary discourse where personal concerns and global perspectives intersect. We seek those with a passion to extend the possibilities and perspectives of ceramics and glass within and beyond traditional limitations, informed by their rich provenance of materials and practices.

The Ceramics & Glass MA at the RCA provides outstanding opportunities to develop a dynamic, informed and connected practice in a study environment that embraces diversity and depth. We believe in interrogating practices and challenging conventions.

Our hyper-material age presents exciting and critical opportunities to explore cultures of production; to ask questions about what, why and how we make; to express ideas through the symbolic modes of things and transformative character of substances, and to consider how our work can influence physical, personal and psycho-social environments. We challenge and encourage you to stretch your imagination, expand your potential and find your voice.

The MA spectrum of enquiry includes art and design works, design for manufacture and the built environment, emerging experimental practices and applications. Curiosity is nurtured through the imaginative exploration of concepts, the investigation of material properties and technologies, the potential of interdisciplinary practice and collaboration. Making, thinking and writing skills are integrated to develop critical perspectives of practice and purpose and to foster new understandings of our interaction with ‘things’.

The exceptional ceramic and glass facilities at the Royal College underpin a dynamic study environment led by outstanding teachers and technical experts, supported by contributions from peers, acclaimed visiting lecturers and graduates, who have shaped the programme’s leading research and international standing over many years.

The MA study experience integrates studio-based project learning with a formal dialogue in Critical & Historical Studies, scaffolded by the rigour of enquiry and reflective practice. Workshops, lectures, visiting experts and collaboration opportunities are supplemented by seminars and personal tutorials to provide guidance, foster critical reflection and encourage the development of individual trajectories and ambitions.

The programme offers

  • individual studio workspaces
  • well-equipped workshops with facilities for undertaking an extensive range of ceramic and glass processes, both analogue and digital
  • access to specialist facilities across the Royal College of Art, including foundry, rapid form fabrication
  • exceptional teaching by an international team of experienced, dedicated staff
  • a regular visiting lecturer and guest lecturer programme for leading artists, designers and craftspeople
  • outstanding technical support from a team of highly skilled specialist staff
  • a strong research culture with support for the project and doctoral funding
  • alumni include Flavie Audi, Barnaby Barford, Neil Brownsword, Phoebe Cummings, Mike Eden, Malene Hartmann-Rasmussen, Hitomi Hosono, Shelley James, Studio Manifold, Nao Matsunaga, Katharine Morling, Zemer Peled, Rothschild/Bickers, James Rigler, Anders Ruhwald, Clare Twomey

MA Entrance Requirements

Candidates for all MA courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including the oral use of English.

MA entrance requirements for Ceramics & Glass are:

  • a good undergraduate degree in ceramics or glass, or equivalent professional experience
  • applications are also welcomed from candidates from related backgrounds, for example, textiles, sculpture, architecture and industrial design
  • students are selected on the basis of their talent, ambition and will to succeed, as well as for their potential to contribute to the breadth and vitality of the programme.

Digital Portfolio

All candidates are required to submit an online portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme’s senior staff team and student representatives.

The portfolio should illustrate the whole range of your creative work and give an insight into both the way you think, develop and research ideas, and to what excites you visually.

Please submit up to ten digital images of finished work or work in progress. Each main image can be accompanied by up to six supporting images of relevant visual research or preparatory work, such as drawings, sketchbook scans or contextual references that are relative to your creative thinking.

Images must be in JPG or PNG (2MB max, and we prefer 1024 x 768 pixels or greater) format or videos in MOV, MP4 or M4V (80MB max) format.

Interview (if invited)

As you made an online portfolio submission, you should bring a selection of your submission in its physical form, as well as your most recent work or work in progress.

Please bring a minimum of four finished pieces of work.

Please bring for discussion an image of another contemporary artist or designer’s work that you have actually seen in ceramics or glass.

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Last updated March 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
19,000 GBP
Tuition fees in 2018/19 - Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee); UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Channel Islands and Isle of Man £14,200 (£28,400 total fee).
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