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About the Programme

The MA Interior Design programme engages its participants in exploring emergent ideas and issues concerning distinct aspects of the design of the interior. This incorporates research, practice and making work that explores the diversity of human occupation in numerous environments, extending from the room to the city. The programme encourages the view that the interior is an interface between its occupants and the built environment and it supports the notion that the interior is an agent for social change.

The programme values speculation, analysis, rigour and provocation with regards to the thinking and making of all aspects of the design of the interior. It challenges its participants to formulate their own rigorous critically independent responses to these fundamental concerns. This is often undertaken via the reworking of existing structures, the creation of temporal installations and the formation of permanent interventions, all involving the construction and communication of particular spatial identities using space, objects and materials.

Led by Head of Programme Professor Graeme Brooker, the two-year Interior Design programme is located in the School of Architecture. Its work is undertaken in its own design studio and is supported with lectures, seminars, given by researchers, academics and practitioners from related disciplines – set design, architecture, branding, digital design, engineering and installation art and others. These are offered in the unique RCA context of interdisciplinary, studio and workshop-oriented, speculative advanced study. There are opportunities for live projects in conjunction with specific industry partners and each student is assigned a practice mentor, whom they meet four times a year.

The programme is delivered by leading academics, well-known practising designers, architects and theorists, all of whom are internationally renowned and innovators in their fields. Graduates from this programme will exemplify the responsive and tenacious thinking and skills that will enable them to challenge their own practice and form a dynamic, world-class, high profile interior design profession of tomorrow.

Each MA Interior Design student is assigned to a 'practice mentor' at the start of the academic year. Practice mentors are practising interior designers and architects who offer a professional perspective on their students' studio work and long-term career intentions. Practice mentors and students meet at least four times a year and offer a vital link to interior practice life in London. More recently, some mentor relationships have developed into internships and part-time work.

MA Entrance Requirements

Candidates for all MA programmes 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.

Graduating from the Royal College of Art means becoming part of an international network of creative individuals who have shaped, and who continue to shape, the culture surrounding us. We would like you to consider joining this network.

You will be assessed on your existing qualities (as demonstrated in both your work and in your interviews) as well as your potential to benefit from this exciting new programme. The assessment will consider:

  • creativity, imagination and innovation evident in your work;
  • your ability to articulate the intentions of the work;
  • intellectual engagement in relevant areas;
  • appropriate technical skills and overall interview performance.

You should have achieved a high-quality first degree in furniture, industrial design, textiles, graphics and architecture, fashion, sculpture, theatre design, fine art, film, interactive design and other creative fields. Evidence of intellectual and professional curiosity and a readiness to engage in a rigorous and demanding two years is essential.

The key qualifications, apart from reaching an impressive level in graduate study, are open-mindedness, enthusiasm from the challenging, unique and future-facing Interior Design course at the Royal College of Art.


You should submit a digital portfolio via our online applications area of between four to ten completed projects. Each project should include a title image and up to 6 supporting gallery images. You should provide a description of a maximum of 100 words for each title image and a caption of up to 50 words for each supporting gallery image.

We recommend images between 1024 x 768 pixels or greater in size. All image files must be saved as JPG or PNG format with a maximum file size of 2MB. Video files can be submitted in place of images. MOV, MP4 or M4V formats are accepted with a maximum file size of 80MB. Other video formats can be referenced through a link to a video hosting site such as Vimeo.

When submitting collaborative work, specify this and clearly indicate your role and responsibility.

No actual objects, sketchbooks, physical portfolios or other media should be submitted at the point of application. Submission of any material not listed above will not be accepted. If you have any questions on the portfolio please contact us at

Interview (if invited)

The programme will contact you if you have been shortlisted and invite you to an interview.

You will be interviewed by up to three members of the academic staff and a student representative.

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

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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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