MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering (with Imperial College London)

Royal College of Art

Program Description

MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering (with Imperial College London)

Royal College of Art

About the Programme

Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) is a double Masters that has been run jointly with Imperial College London for over 35 years. It is a leading-edge, creative product development course that involves experimentation, design, engineering and enterprise activities. In multidisciplinary teams or as individuals, participants work at the centre of the complex, demanding projects with an emphasis on prototyping and proving propositions. The programme is external facing and encourages all to tackle important real-world issues involving advanced technical, design and social parameters. We believe that design is a verb, not a noun.

The programme offers

  • a unique double Master's MA Royal College of Art/MSc Imperial College London (students are fully enrolled at both institutions)
  • a vibrant creative studio space for all MA/MSc students and a new research studio, both situated at the RCA with a diverse and international mix of students
  • teaching staff who are highly experienced practitioners and work professionally in their field
  • multiple commercial connections (recent projects have included Ford, Coca-Cola, Airbus, BBC, Unilever, Vodafone (Future agenda), LG, Guzzini)
  • good links and involvement in enterprise and commercialisation teaching or support through Design London Fellowships and InnovationRCA incubator
  • student bursary support through The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and the James Dyson Foundation
  • international exchanges, connections and student modules organised annually in different countries (recent visits include India, Japan, Thailand, China and Ghana)
  • graduate destinations, alumni working at a high level in businesses such as Apple, Nokia, Philips and self-started commercial enterprises including Takram, Bare Conductive and Omlet.

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.

The Innovation Design Engineering MA/MSc programme accepts a multidisciplinary range of applicants. We are interested in engineers and technologists, we are looking for designers from all aspects of the subject area and we welcome applicants from other diverse fields such as business, social science, and the arts. In fact, successful IDE applicants can come from many fields: anyone with outstanding skills in their current activities that has an excellent aptitude for innovation and team working and has a fundamental belief that design can make a direct contribution to the quality of life. Engineers, designers, scientists, technologist, artists, social scientists, business people, if you have intelligence, curiosity, passion and a drive to improve the world then IDE is interested in you.

IMPORTANT: IDE is a double Master's course run jointly with Imperial College London, and consequently applicants need to have a degree at 2:1 level or higher (or the equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, applicants without this degree qualification will be considered (for example, excellent professional experience or outstanding creative or technical abilities). Please check the Imperial College London website to ensure you meet their requirements.

Please note that applicants for IDE require English language tests results equivalent to 6.5 overall with 6 in all elements.

Digital Portfolio

All candidates are required to submit a digital portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme team. The portfolio should show:

  • the excellence of your current expertise, study area or professional activity
  • evidence of your interest or ability in the fields of innovation, technology, design or engineering.
  • any work or activity relevant to international understanding or collaboration.
  • samples of your creative abilities or relevant personal interests.

The portfolio could include projects and exercises from previous degree courses; where relevant, examples of professional work; extracts from personal sketchbooks; self-generated projects; evidence of an ability to make in 3D; as well as examples of creative work in any other areas.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 17, 2019
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Oct. 2019
2 years
Full time
28,400 GBP
Tuition fees in 2017/18 are: UK/EU: £9,500 per annum (£19,000 total fee); Overseas: £28,400 per annum (£56,800 total fee). See RCA website for full fees details including supplements.
United Kingdom - London, England
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