City Design

Royal College of Art

15 months
34000 GBP/year
14500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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City Design is a 15-month MA Programme aimed at an emerging generation of architects and allied design professionals interested in the convergence of new social, technical and spatial innovations, and harnessing their potential to generate alternative forms of urban life.


With 28 megacities and a global urban population of four billion , urban life is experiencing momentous change. New social groups are emerging, populations are ageing, family units are extending and dispersing, work is becoming casualised and whole communities have moved online. At the same time, dangerous new social divides are appearing on the periphery of cities between different cultures and  different generations.

New possibilities are emerging and their consequences promise to be profound: modern social movements, automated building supply chains, technology platforms, driverless transport and logistics, distributed water and energy infrastructure – all will radically reshape the city’s fundamental building blocks.

The Programme offers:

  •  an intensive series of seminars, lectures, workshops and symposia that cultivate new and experimental approaches to the discipline
  •  the opportunity to pursue a degree within a world-leading art and design institution
  •  access to a rich culture of radical and experimental interdisciplinary work at the RCA
  •  the chance to establish a network of colleagues and mentors in London 

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Studio 
  • Seminar 
  • Critical and Historical Studies
  • Technical Workshop
  • Independent Research Project 
For more information, please visit programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prospective candidates are likely to be students of architecture with a three+two-year Bachelor and Master’s degree, or Master’s-equivalent five-year Diploma preferably in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or other related design discipline looking to acquire expertise in large scale, urban/city design projects.
  • Other backgrounds, such as social sciences, geography, urban studies, planning or economics, will also be considered if prior work is of exceptional merit and students are able to demonstrate their ability to work alongside and contribute to multidisciplinary teams. 
  • Portofolio
  • Interview (if invited)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34000 GBP per year and a duration of 15 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 15 months.


UK and EU students receive a subsidy from the British Government and pay a reduced fee. To qualify for the home or EU rate of tuition fees you will need to meet certain strict conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency.  

To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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