V&A/RCA History of Design embraces history that is public-facing, experimental and committed to scholarly excellence, as befits our location in the public museum and the art school. We see history as practice-based and bring a distinctly global outlook to historical questions, placing local histories in comparative context and tracing global networks through material culture.
The Programme offers:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
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Minimum required score (Grade B):
C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Students should have a good undergraduate degree in an arts or humanities subject. Students with a strong degree in other undergraduate fields will also be considered, if the student can demonstrate their suitability to the study of history of design at application and interview. We encourage the diversity that different academic backgrounds can bring to the programme. Students with a background in art or design practice are also encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from students of all ages, and view both prior academic and professional experience as valuable.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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).
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