Royal College of Art

Degree level: Postgraduate

Communication Design MRes (Research)

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Course summary

The MRes RCA Communication Design Pathway will introduce you to practice-led and experimental research processes, methods and methodologies that inform communication design research. You’ll position your research within a social, historical, cultural and theoretical discourse through proven research methods and by engaging critically with reflective practice and evaluation. The focus of the Pathway is to explore the nexus between social science, art and design methods and the ways in which they might be applied to independent research proposals, R&D consultancy or ‘live’ project briefs. Communication is at the core of this offer, engaging critically with different perspectives and sensory forms. 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. In March 2021 the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the seventh consecutive year in the QS World University subject rankings.

Course details

Modules

Unit 1: Research methods and individual research proposal Unit 2: Research cultures Unit 3: Research in practice Unit 4: Group research project Unit 5: Research identities Unit 6: Personal research project

Assessment method

Thesis route You are required to submit a 12,000–15,000 word thesis that defines a research question, outlines the research methodology and theoretical context, presents and discusses the results and offers robust conclusions. Practice route You are required to submit: An original work of art, design or communication (including critical and curatorial works) A visual portfolio of practice with clear documentation in PDF form A 4,000–6,000 word thesis that defines the purpose of the work, outlines its theoretical and technical context, and articulates the contribution it has made to advancing knowledge.


Entry requirements

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process considers and the capability to reflect, criticise and innovate as demonstrated in your research statement and portfolio. You should have a good first degree in a related subject. We welcome applications from students of all ages, and view both prior academic and professional experience as valuable.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard. You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years. If you need a Tier 4 visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

More information about English language requirements

https://www.rca.ac.uk/studying-at-the-rca/apply/entrance-requirements/english-language-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £12650 Whole course
Northern Ireland £12650 Whole course
Scotland £12650 Whole course
Wales £12650 Whole course
International £33500 Whole course

Additional fee information

Visit the programme page on the RCA website for details of fees for each year of this programme. The RCA receives a subsidy from the UK Government for UK, Irish, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and some EU student (with settled status), which enables us to charge a reduced fee. These students are referred to as having ‘Home’ fee status. If you hold any other citizenship, you are referred to as having ‘Overseas and EU’ fee status, which includes those EU nationals who do not have settled status in the UK.
Communication Design MRes at Royal College of Art - UCAS