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Our scholarship programme is growing, with hundreds of financial awards planned for the 2024/5 academic year, supporting students with financial needs as well as those from under-represented groups, including students with disabilities and students with refugee and asylum seeker status.

How can I get a scholarship to study at the RCA?

There are two routes to obtaining a scholarship to study at the RCA.

Academic merit

A number of scholarships will be awarded to high-scoring students on the basis of academic merit. Your application will be automatically assessed for one of these scholarships, and if you receive an academic merit scholarship, you will be told about this at the same time as receiving your RCA offer. Receiving this type of scholarship does not stop you from applying for other scholarships, which might be linked to your financial circumstances or being part of an under-represented group in higher education.

These scholarships will be available in the earlier rounds of applications, so the earlier you apply the more chance you have of receiving a scholarship.

Financial need or being part of an under-represented group in higher education

Applications for these types of scholarships will open in Spring 2024, and will be open to everyone who has applied and been offered a place as part of Round 1 and Round 2.

All Round 1 and 2 offer holders will be invited to complete an application, asking for more information about you and your circumstances. Applicants will then be marked against the criteria for the different scholarships that are available and matched to a scholarship based on their score.

If you apply in Round 3, there may be scholarships still available, but they are likely to be for specific programmes or specific personal circumstances, and mostly for UK students - the majority of scholarships will be awarded to Round 1 and Round 2 applicants.

What sorts of scholarships are available for study at the RCA?

Most of our scholarships are aimed at MA level study, though there are also scholarships available for Graduate Diploma, MFA, MDes, MPhil, MRes, MArch, MEd and PhD.

Different types of scholarships include:

  • Full fee payment plus living costs
  • Full fee payment
  • Partial fee payment
  • Contributions to living costs

Most scholarships are for UK (home) students, though international scholarships are also available.

View our full list of scholarships below, or visit the programme page you're interested in to see scholarships and bursaries available for that programme.

Other funding opportunities

Scholarships are extremely competitive and limited in number and meeting the eligibility criteria for a scholarship does not guarantee that you will receive one. We recommend that you apply for your place to study as soon as possible; we also recommend you look into external funding options and apply for any other sources of funding available to you.

In the UK there are many hundreds of charitable organisations and educational trusts that can offer financial assistance to students. Being successful in receiving this form of funding requires a combination of luck and showing attention to detail in the content of your application. Many of our current students have benefited from assistance from external organisations.

Turn 2 Us is one of the many useful places to look for relevant charities.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is another good place to start. This is an external resource that the RCA subscribes to and the pin number for access is 1201.

RCA Open Days provide an opportunity to hear more about funding. Follow this link to find out when the next Open Day is and how to register to attend.

Guidance for funding your studies

Scholarship general terms and conditions

  • Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry year and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic programme and scholarships panel.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding scholarship outcomes and no appeal is allowed.
  • The RCA may terminate the scholarship in the event that:
    a) your performance assessment fails to meet the standards as set forth in the RCA Regulations
    b) you fail to comply with any of the terms as set out in the RCA Terms & Conditions and the RCA reasonably considers that you have committed an act that may prejudice or damage the reputation of the RCA.

Our scholarships and bursaries

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £5,000 towards fees

This scholarship is awarded with Round 1 and Round 2 programme offers to high-scoring students on the basis of academic merit.

Round 1 and 2 programme applications will be automatically assessed for one of these scholarships. If you are successful, you will be told about this at the same time as receiving your RCA offer

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligibility criteria: Students from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, USA

Eligible fee status: Overseas fee status

Value: £7,000 towards fees

This scholarship is awarded with Round 1 and Round 2 programme offers to high-scoring students on the basis of academic merit.

Round 1 and 2 programme applications will be automatically assessed for one of these scholarships. If you are successful, you will be told about this at the same time as receiving your RCA offer

For: MA Fashion

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £4,000 towards fees

For: MA Fashion, MA Textiles, MA Print, MA Digital Direction, MA Visual Communication

Eligibility criteria: Students from under-represented communities

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Architecture

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £4,000 towards fees

For: MA Ceramics & Glass

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £3,000 towards fees

For: MA Architecture, MA Writing, MA Animation, MA Product Design

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: All one-year MA, MArch, MFA, MDes & MEd programmes

Eligibility criteria: Passport holders of India, Nigeria or Thailand

Eligible fee status: Overseas fee status

Value: £10,000 towards fees

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2024, please visit Study UK.

How to apply

Please note there is a different application process for this scholarship, compared to other RCA scholarships.

You must apply for and receive an offer to study on a full-time, one-year taught masters programme before you can complete a scholarship application.

Once you have a programme offer and you are sure that you meet the eligibility criteria, please complete this form to register your interest in making an application for a GREAT Scholarship

All Round 1 and 2 offer holders will be invited to complete a general RCA scholarship application in April 2024, asking for more information about you, your circumstances and your goals for the future. Make sure you have enough time to prepare strong answers. We will assess your responses and academic merit when making scholarship decisions. Those with Round 3 offers by 30 April will also be invited to apply for a GREAT Scholarship if you register your interest via the form above, but please note that other RCA scholarships may no longer be available: we therefore encourage you to apply for your programme of choice as early as possible.

GREAT scholarships may be combined with external funding as long as this does not cover 100% of your tuition fees.

GREAT scholarships may be combined with.other RCA scholarships - you do not need to apply directly for individual RCA awards; instead, your scholarship application will be marked against the criteria for all the different scholarships that are available

Successful candidates will be required to represent the RCA and the British Council as an ambassador for the GREAT scheme.

For more information, please contact the Scholarships team at scholarships@rca.ac.uk

For: MA Ceramics & Glass

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £3,000 towards fees

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Intelligent Mobility

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Fashion, MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: £5,000 for living costs

For: MA Sculpture, MA Painting, MA Contemporary Art Practice, MA Print, MA Photography Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Design Products, MA Fashion, MA Service Design, MA Textiles, MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering

Eligibility criteria: Students from under-represented communities

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Ceramics & Glass

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Fashion

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: MA Textiles

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees

For: MA Architecture, MA Ceramics & Glass, MA Jewellery & Metal, MA Sculpture, MA Digital Direction, MA Information Experience Design, MA Visual Communication, MA Deisgn Products, MA Fashion, MA Innovation Design Engineering, MA Textiles, MA Intelligent Mobility

Eligible fee status: Home & Overseas fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance (Home) / Fee discount (Overseas)

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligibility criteria: Students who identify as D/deaf or disabled

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £6,000 for living costs

For: MA Environmental Architecture, MA Sculpture, MA Writing, MA Innovation Design Engineering

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: All programmes excluding short courses

Eligibility criteria: Black or Black British Caribbean, Black or Black British African, Other Black Background, Mixed - White and Black Caribbean, Mixed - White and Black African

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: Full fees & maintenance

For: All MA programmes, MArch, MFA, MDes, MRes & MEd

Eligible fee status: Home fee status

Value: £5,000 for living costs

Contact us

For more information, please contact the Scholarships team

Email us at
scholarships@rca.ac.uk
Scholarship recipients