MRes with pathways in Architecture, Communication Design, Design, Fine Art and Humanities

MRes with pathways in Architecture, Communication Design, Design, Fine Art and Humanities

Royal College of Art

Photo: Richard Haughton. Courtesy of Royal College of Art (RCA).
February 26, 2016
MRes with pathways in Architecture, Communication Design, Design, Fine Art and Humanities

Launch event: Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU

Building upon the Royal College of Art’s international reputation for cutting-edge research, thinking and practice, the world’s #1 university of art & design is to launch a one-year Master’s programme—a Master’s in Research—for enrolment in September 2016. This is the College’s first one-year programme, and is expected to be highly popular with applicants.

Featured in Art&Education’s influential School Watch, the London-based, wholly postgraduate art and design university is renowned for world-leading research and for the high quality of learning it offers. The new MRes (RCA) is specially designed to provide students with the intellectual, technical and professional tools with which to undertake innovative and experimental research projects. This programme prepares students for research at doctoral level or to work in the cultural and creative industries, across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries. The MRes will offer specialist pathways in: Architecture; Communication Design; Design; Fine Art and Humanities.

Launch event
A special launch event will be held at the Royal College of Art on Monday, March 14, from 6:30–8pm, in the Senior Common Room. The event is aimed at prospective students, along with academic and industry contacts for whom the MRes is of benefit and relevance. Schools will be co-ordinating Open Days at a later date.

If you would like to attend the launch event, please reserve your place here.

Five pathways
The MRes Architecture pathway is based in the School of Architecture and focuses on spatial, urban, scientific and anthropological research methods. The pathway is organised around a series of Live Projects that work as collaborations between the RCA and an external network of partners, for example leading architectural and urban practices, human rights organisations and environmental and social coalitions.

The MRes Communication Design pathway is based in the School of Communication and will explore the nexus between art, design and social science methods where communication practice and theory is at the core, critically engaging with different perspectives and sensory (e.g. visual, aural and haptic) forms.

The MRes Fine Art pathway is based in the School of Fine Art. It will offer students a unique insight into a broad range of advanced and practice based methodologies through participation in the School’s Fine Art Research Programme (FARP) and the thematic School Groups, led by key researchers from the School and beyond together with visiting professors.

The MRes Humanities pathway is based in the School of Humanities and offers interdisciplinary training in critical, curatorial, historical and theoretical approaches to research in art and design, working with a wide network of external partners including museums and galleries. The pathway will foster experimentation, risk-taking and critical and creative thinking through humanities research, with a distinctive “art school” ethos. Unique to the pathway is an emphasis on practice-led research that can be applied across a rich range of professional careers.

The MRes Design pathway is based in the School of Design and will represent a wide range of approaches, from the industrially oriented to the highly speculative. Research will range from individual projects by world-leading designers to large team projects with other institutions, international companies and academic partners as well as government bodies.
With a student body of 1,500, the Royal College of Art has over 250 academic staff and some 800 visiting academics, practitioners and theorists. It attracts students from 65 countries, and its graduates go on to international careers in the arts and design, as well curating, criticism, arts leadership and academia.

For further information on the MRes (RCA) programme, please visit here. To attend an open day or arrange to speak to a faculty member, please contact the relevant pathway via a link below.

Architecture: [email protected]
Communication Design: [email protected]
Design: [email protected]
Fine Art: [email protected]
Humanities: [email protected]


US applicants please note that the College is designated as an eligible institution for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the Direct Loan Program.



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