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Scholarships available for the V&A/RCA History of Design programme

Glove, kid & maroon satin embroidered with silk, silver gilt-thread and seed pearls, England, 1600–25. © V&A Images.

Scholarships available

Royal College of Art
V&A/RCA History of Design programme 2013/14

 

Royal College of Art

Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU

www.rca.ac.uk/hod  

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Two new scholarships in Fashion History have been announced for the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme for 2013/14, run in partnership by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. These scholarships are in addition to the long-running Friends of the V&A Scholarship and the Oliver Ford Trust Scholarship.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, History of Design was the first postgraduate programme of its kind anywhere in the world. Run in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum since its establishment, the programme is a two-year full-time programme, based at both the V&A and the RCA, and offers a unique platform for study in three specialist areas: Renaissance and Early Modern; Modern and Contemporary; and Asian, Early Modern to Contemporary.

Taught by a team of academics and curators, all specialists in their field, the programme has an established reputation for pioneering new forms of design historical enquiry in global contexts, from the fifteenth century to the present day. The seminar-based classes provide a unique environment for the study of the aesthetic, social, cultural, technological, economic and political contexts for design.

The programme specialises in object-focused scholarship ranging across architecture and interior design, fashion and textiles, furniture and product design, ceramics, metalwork, glass, prints, drawings and digital media. Uniquely, students have direct access to the unrivalled collections and expertise of the V&A and to the highly specialised art and design practices of the RCA.

As well as placing emphasis on primary research and object analysis, the programme offers a broad-ranging theoretical and methodological basis for the study of design and material culture. Graduates go on to work internationally in universities and colleges, museums and galleries, as well as in a host of other art- and design-based professions such as curating, journalism, media research and design policy. The MA programme provides also an excellent preparation towards PhD research.

The V&A Global Fashion History Scholarship
The V&A Global Fashion History Scholarship is offered to an Overseas student who intends to undertake research in any cross-cultural aspect of fashion history. The Scholarship covers Overseas fees for the two years of the MA.

The V&A Fashion History Scholarship
The V&A Fashion History Scholarship is offered to a student applying from the UK or EU who intends to undertake research in any aspect of fashion history. The Scholarship covers fees for the two years of the MA.

The Friends of the V&A Scholarship
The Friends of the V&A Scholarship is offered to a student applying from the UK or EU who intends to work in a museum after graduating from the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme. The Scholarship covers fees for the two years of the MA and also includes a maintenance grant of up to 3,000 GBP per year.

The Oliver Ford Trust Scholarship
The Oliver Ford Trust Scholarship is offered to a student applying from the UK or EU who intends to undertake research into an aspect of the design of the domestic interior. The Scholarship covers fees for the two years of the MA and also includes a maintenance grant of up to 3,000 GBP per year.

The awards are given on a competitive basis, judged at interview. Students should indicate their interest in and suitability for the Awards on their application form. The priority deadline for application for 2013/14 is 14 January, 2013, and interviews will be held in March 2013. For more information please contact the programme administrator: hod@rca.ac.uk. Further details on the course, entry requirements, College fees and funding can be found at www.rca.ac.uk/admissions

Home/EU fees for 2013/14 will be 9,000 GBP per annum. Overseas fees will be 26,900 GBP per annum.

The College is designated as an eligible institution for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the new Direct Loan Program.

For further information on research degrees, please visit humanities.research.rca.ac.uk or contact humanities-research@rca.ac.uk.