Art and Design, Graduate Diploma | Online (optional) | Royal College of Art | London, United Kingdom
Graduate Diploma On Campus Online Blended

Art and Design

7 months
20200 GBP/full
9700 GBP/full
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Graduate Diploma Art and Design at Royal College of Art prepares you for Master’s study at the RCA. We focus on developing proficiency in the independent learning methods and practices of art and design, and on introducing you to the role and influence of art and design in the world today.


One global community

On-campus and online students study together as one combined, collaborative and diverse community of creative practitioners, regardless of whether they choose online, on-campus or dual-learning modes of study.

Industry expertise

The Graduate Diploma Art and Design at Royal College of Art is supported by a dedicated team of technicians and local facilitators for online students. All teaching staff are practising artists and designers, as well as being experienced educators.

The best route to RCA Master’s study

We aim to make you better informed about the study options available to you, as well as the possible career paths that you might follow beyond graduation.

Gaining a Distinction on the Graduate Diploma guarantees you entry to MA and MRes programmes that reflect their specialism of study on the Graduate Diploma. This is subject to availability of places. All other students passing the programme will be guaranteed consideration for MA and MRes programmes of their choice.

Programme Structure


The programme is interdisciplinary in nature, mirroring the experience of Master’s study at the RCA, however on the Graduate Diploma you’ll be invited to select a specialism when you apply from the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Design
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Fine Art
  • Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 7 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 alternative credits


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

Prospective Diploma in Art & Design applicants are likely to be:

  • Those who have the required educational background to go on to Master’s study, but who require greater proficiency in the English language.
  • Those who do not have an undergraduate background in art and design, but who can demonstrate potential in their chosen discipline of study.
  • Those for whom their undergraduate studies did not adequately prepare them for Master’s study at the RCA
  • Those who would like to use the programme as a diagnostic experience to help them decide which area to specialise in at Master’s level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20200 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20200 GBP for the full programme during 7 months.
  • National

    9700 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9700 GBP for the full programme during 7 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Scholarships Information

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Available Scholarships

You are eligible to apply for these scholarships but a selection process will still be applied by the provider.

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