We are pleased to announce an event for prospective applicants to the V&A/RCA History of Design MA on Friday 29th June 2018 from 4.15pm to 6.30pm at Victoria and Albert Museum, London UK


Join us for bespoke gallery tours of the museum led by programme tutors from the RCA and V&A.


Following the tours there will be refreshments and the chance to talk to staff from the programme, and to learn more about our teaching, professional development opportunities and student and staff research, and the new programme pathways in Performance, and Photography.

After the History of Design event, the V&A will be open until 10pm with the Friday Night Late, this month celebrating speculative and imagined worlds with talks, music, performances and refreshments..


The V&A/RCA History of Design programme is internationally known for our path-breaking teaching and research in the history of design and material culture. As jointly offered by two world-leading centres for scholarship and creativity, we explore cultural, social, economic, political and technological history through designed artefacts and our interactions with them. Students work closely with collections and curatorial expertise within the V&A, and as part of the creative community of the RCA.


Students on the Design and Material Culture pathway explore how the close analysis of designed artefacts – objects and environments, but also digital and physical services, interactions, policies, institutions and legal and technical systems –can offer new perspectives on pressing questions, from the early modern period to today. Some students develop critical histories of design practices, while others create new insight into pressing historical and current questions through the history of material culture.

By engaging with the National Collection of Performing Arts at the V&A, students on the Performance pathway explore how the material remains of performance inform our understanding of the performing arts, historically and today. Jointly offered with the V&A’s ground-breaking Theatre and Performance Department, the pathway offers collections-based teaching with the world’s most diverse collection of material documenting current practice and the history of performance.


The Photography pathway employs collections-based teaching to consider photography as both an expressive medium and a social practice. Students access the V&A’s world-leading collection of historic and contemporary photographs, photographic artefacts, books, archives and camera-related equipment and engage with leading photographic practitioners in the RCA.  The Photography pathway begins in autumn 2018, coinciding with the opening of the V&A’s new Photography Centre.

To register or for further information, please email the postgraduate programme administrator [log in to unmask]




Felicity Hall

Postgraduate Programmes Administrator

V&A/RCA MA History of Design

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road

London SW7 2RL

T. 0207 942 2574


Applications are now open for V&A/RCA MA History of Design and the MPhil and PhD in History of Design. For further information please see


For general enquiries about the History of Design MA programme, please contact [log in to unmask]



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