Royal College of Art: Contemporary Art Practice

InstitutionRoyal College of Art View institution profile
Department School of Arts and Humanities
Telephone 020 7590 4444
Study type Taught


The Contemporary Art Practice programme offers a discursive environment in which to discuss contemporary issues for thinking about, making and displaying fine art. We deliver this via four pathways: Critical Practice, Moving Image, Performance and Public Sphere.

Our approach to Contemporary Art Practice is not determined by either technology or material, although you’ll be expected to utilise the appropriate technical means to make your works. You’ll have access to College-wide technical workshops according to academic need, as well as all facilities within the School of Arts & Humanities.

We offer a discursive environment in which to discuss contemporary issues for thinking about, making and displaying fine art supported by individual tutorials, seminars and cross-pathway crits. You’ll have had a flexible studio space that can be used collectively or individually and access to a range of technical facilities and opportunities to contribute to exhibitions, projects, overseas travel and international exchanges (including Paris and Kyoto).

When applying for this programme, you select one of these specialist pathways.

**Critical Practice**
Extend and develop the critical dimensions of your practice

**Moving Image**
Documentary, abstract film, and script-driven narrative cinema

Clarifying what making performances means as a whole or as part of a broader working practice

**About the RCA**
The Royal College of Art, is an internationally renowned art and design university, providing students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA's approach is founded on the premise that art, design creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today's global challenges.

In March 2020 the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the sixth consecutive year in the QS World University subject rankings.


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Applications for the RCA’s September 2020 are now open. Visit the RCA website for up-to-date programme and application information including application deadlines.

The World’s No. 1 University of Art & Design
The Royal College of Art has been at the forefront of innovation and growth for almost two centuries – anticipating societal challenges and delivering real-world impact. Our learning environment remains unique, combining practice-based research with user-centred design traditions, specialist research centres, knowledge exchange and innovation training. The RCA is wholly postgraduate, offering Graduate Diploma, MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees. Based around the four ...

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