The Royal College of Art Contemporary Art Summer School follows the RCA postgraduate teaching model, focused on studio-based learning. The course is designed for visual art students and young emerging artists who wish to develop their personal and professional fine-art practice in a world-leading environment.

The two-week intensive studio-based course will expand individual art practices and knowledge through one-to-one tutorials, workshops, lectures, film screenings and access to the extensive RCA library. Furthermore, this course will examine the rich array of positions, methods and materials that artists use, as well as explore questions raised by contemporary art and its production.

Students will have their own studio space in Royal College of Art to develop their work, receive supervision feedback, and practical advice from RCA tutors and experts in contemporary art. This course is taught entirely by RCA staff and supported by a broad range of prominent artists, academics, critics, and curators. The course provides participants with the opportunity to develop their practice within an interdisciplinary, collaborative atmosphere and meet artists from all over the world.

At the end of this course, students will exhibit their work in a group exhibition at the Royal College of Art in London. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from the Royal College of Art.



Academic Lectures

Thought provoking lectures that examine key aspects of contemporary art from different perspectives.

Various Art Workshops

Interactive workshops to further hone, inspire, and develop new skills.

Studio Creation

Studio creation in the world-leading environment and receive supervision feedback and advice.

Surgical Tutorials

One-on-one tutorials with course tutors to specifically look at each individual’s work, development, and critical thinking.

Museums Visits

Guided visits to the world-renowned art museums and galleries in London that are especially selected to fit the course theme.

Film Screening

Film screening and discussions, a chance to explore more interdisciplinary topics.
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Group Reflection

Group discussions and reflections focused on depth of analysis and critical studies.

Group Critiques

Group critiques to both challenge, support, and promote the growth of individuals’ works.

Final Exhibition

End-of-course group exhibition at the RCA provide great exposure opportunity for participants’ work.

Guiding Questions

  • How to start thinking about different practice methods and how to locate ideas in the contemporary context?
  • What are the possibilities and boundaries of different modes of practice?
  • How do Western artists work inside the studio now and how does this affect the work they make?

Themed Art Workshops

  • Different Approaches to Art Practice
  • Performance Art Workshop
  • Song/Spoken Text/Word Workshop
  • Group Reading Workshop

Other Activities

  • Surgical Tutorial
  • Final Art Exhibition
  • Tate Modern Special Exhibition Visit
  • National Gallery Visit
  • Film Screening
  • Group Critiques


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