Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.
About the Programme
The Graduate Diploma Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) prepares students for Master’s study in Art and Design. The programme focuses on developing proficiency in the discursive languages and independent learning methods and practices of art and design, and on introducing students to the role and influence of art and design in the world today.
Teaching on the Graduate Diploma in Art & Design is split over two 15-week blocks. There are two intakes per year, with students able to begin in either July or January.
The programme aims to make its participants better informed about the study options available to them, as well as the possible career paths that they might follow beyond graduation.
The programme will be interdisciplinary in nature, mirroring the experience of Master’s study at the RCA, with a specialism at enrolment in Fashion & Textiles.
The programme offers:
- The opportunity to specialise in one of five practice-led disciplines.
- Development of a final portfolio that can be used for application to further postgraduate study or direct employment.
- Guaranteed progression to an RCA MA programme subject to final classification and availability of places.
- A unique and interdisciplinary studio-based learning experience.
- Development of English language proficiency.
- An introduction to the learning methods required for postgraduate study.
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The Graduate Diploma Art & Design (Fashion & Textiles) consists of two blocks of the 15-week study, with the first block including an introduction to specialist study at Master’s level in art and design and leading towards further and more in-depth study, practice and portfolio development in the second block.
The first part offers a theme-based introduction to the specialist study of art and design, and the various study options available in the field together with an introduction to the kinds of learning methods that students are likely to encounter in the study of art and design.
The second part of the programme will enable students to focus in more depth on the preparation of a body of work and portfolio.
The curriculum outline is as follows:
Unit 1: Learning, 20 credits
This unit runs throughout the programme and is intended to enhance students’ critical and analytical skills and to support the development of English language skills to the requisite level for Master’s study.
Unit 2: Art & Design Practice, 40 credits
This unit introduces students to advanced practices of art and design. Students will have the opportunity to work around structured project briefs or in self-directed study mode, depending on their prior learning and future course of study. The unit fosters discursive learning and engagement with topics and issues that do not necessarily have right or wrong outcomes.
Unit 3: Independent Art & Design Practice, 40 credits
In the second 15-week block, students move to a more independently determined and focussed mode of learning. Working from a negotiated brief, students will be expected to participate in critiques and exhibit their works in progress. The unit will help students to make self-determined judgments about their practice, to display their work and to speak about it clearly and cogently.
Unit 4: Portfolio, 20 credits
The Portfolio unit runs throughout the programme and culminates in the production of a digital portfolio that students will be able to use to seek admission to further study at the Master’s level. Students will be supported in selecting materials and presenting work which fully articulates their abilities and contextual awareness.
All students passing the programme with a Distinction will be guaranteed entry to an RCA MA programme that reflects their specialism of study on the Graduate Diploma (subject to availability of places). All other students passing the programme will be guaranteed an interview with the RCA MA programme of their choice. Entry to the RCA programmes is, of course, conditional on students meeting postgraduate English language requirements demonstrated by an additional IELTS test or equivalent.
In instances where students would like to progress to RCA dual awards (MA programmes offered with collaborative partners), or accredited programmes, applicants will be considered but they will be required to satisfy entry requirements of the partner institution or accrediting body as well as the minimum RCA entry requirements.
Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in an art, design, textiles or humanities subject area. Applicants with a strong degree in other undergraduate fields, or sufficient work experience, will also be considered if the applicant can demonstrate the appropriate intellectual, creative and personal qualities to engage with the demands of the programme.
Please note that if you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, the possibility of progression to an MA programme after the Graduate Diploma might depend on the length of your previous visa(s). Please contact our Student Support Office for further information.