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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 12.3k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Foreign: $ 36.7k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 2078pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

    Please therefore ensure that you make your application for these courses as early as possible, particularly if you are intending to apply for funding, and preferably by 30 July (overseas/EU applicants) or 1 September (UK applicants) to avoid disappointment.

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    Global Innovation Design (GID) is a new joint Masters programme between Imperial and the Royal College of Art.

    It is a unique, trans-national Master's design initiative which brings together three major centres of design, culture, enterprise and industry: Europe, North America and Asia.

    The programme is a world-class design collaboration between four internationally-renowned academic institutions. Each partner brings distinct expertise and complementary approaches to design, engineering, technology and business with an emphasis on internationally-oriented design and innovation.

    GID offers a new international style of learning and unique educational and cultural experiences designed to meet the changing needs of enterprise in the 21st century.

    GID Masters students on the joint RCA/Imperial College London programme study in New York and Tokyo during their first year and then in London for their graduation year. Graduates from the programme are expected to be central to innovation leadership in the 21st Century.

    The programme is full-time and runs over a period of two calendar years. It will offer:

    • A double Master's: MA Royal College of Art and MSc Imperial College London – students are fully enrolled at both institutions
    • Significant study periods during the first year of the programme at world renowned institutions: Keio University in Tokyo and the Pratt Institute in New York
    • A London-based second year of the programme in a shared vibrant creative studio at the RCA (all students have their own desk) with access via Imperial College to a world-leading technology environment
    • A diverse and international mix of students
    • Teaching staff who are highly experienced practitioners and work professionally in their field
    • Potential enterprise and commercialisation support through theInnovationRCA incubator
    • Leadership skills for design-related enterprises operating in international environments
    • High-level graduate destinations: RCA and Imperial alumni work at leadership level in international corporations, global consultancies as well as new self-started commercial enterprises.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Applicants need to have a degree at 2:1 level or higher (or the equivalent). The subject(s) of that first
    degree can be any subject however the individual needs to show aptitude or great potential in the
    area of design or technology led innovation. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this
    degree qualification will be considered (for example, excellent professional experience or outstanding
    creative or technical abilities). Applicants must also have achieved English Language proficiency
    requirements of or equivalent to an IELTS score of 7 with a 6.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE).
    In addition to the minimum entrance requirement, all applicants must undergo the following:
    Portfolio: Entrance Examination Part 1
    Applicants must submit a portfolio of work relevant to innovation for assessment by the GID Masters
    team. The portfolio should show:
    • Applicant’s excellence in their current expertise, study area or professional activity.
    • Evidence of interest or ability in the fields of innovation, engineering and design.
    • Samples of creative abilities or relevant personal interests. 

    Interview: (if invited) Entrance Examination Part 2
    Selected applicants are invited by the programme for an entrance examination which comprises of a
    creative exercise (one hour) and an interview with an Entrance Examination Board including staff from
    the RCA and Imperial and a GID student representative (15 minutes in duration).
    A list of accepted candidates on the GID Masters course at RCA/Imperial, along with their portfolio,
    application forms, references, letters of recommendation and other relevant information or data will be
    shared within the GID consortium (i.e. with KMD and Pratt ID). The partner institutions will have the
    opportunity to comment on the candidates and raise issues regarding the selected applicants. The
    RCA/Imperial will take such comments into consideration before making the final offer to the
    candidates. Similarly lists and associated application/portfolios for students accepted onto the
    programmes at KMD and Pratt ID will be shared with the RCA/Imperial GID admissions team for
    comment. While the opinions of partner institutions will be considered the ultimate decision on
    acceptance onto the GID Masters will be taken by the RCA/Imperial Entrance Examination Board.

    Funding assistance to students provided by the Royal Commissioners for the Exhibition

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