Royal College of Art: Painting
|Institution||Royal College of Art View institution profile|
|Department||School of Arts and Humanities|
|Telephone||020 7590 4444|
In February 2019 the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design university for the fifth consecutive year in the QS World University subject rankings.
The Painting programme approaches the practice of painting as a self-reflexive, critical activity that draws on a wealth of varied historical, material and conceptual accomplishments related to the medium and its objects. The programme aims to provide an expansive and inclusive platform on which to engage with current issues and debates surrounding the challenges and location of painting as a part of contemporary art practice.
The curriculum is designed to develop a student’s individual professional practice, research and orientation in relation to their studio work and how they present that work and their practice professionally to others. Our students are here to reflect upon and play out what kind of artists they want to be, with the ultimate aim of enabling a sustainable and meaningful practice as professional practitioners. The Painting programme is a world leader in research and practice and committed to broadening the understanding of our discipline in all its forms.
The programme offers:
– excellence of teaching by leading practitioners, writers and curators
– dedicated studio spaces
– opportunities for exchanges to international institutions, studio residences abroad, and an annual study trip
– two major exhibitions during the two years in the form of a Work-in-progress Show at the end of the first year, and the Summer Show before graduation
– support and opportunities for teaching/lecturing placements in undergraduate colleges throughout the UK
Some HEFCE funded bursaries administered by the College are available for UK and EU students. Overseas students must secure sponsorship or funding prior to enrolment but may be eligible for some scholarships and prizes whilst on the course.
|Level||RQF Level 7|
Candidates for all MA courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider: creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; overall interview performance, including oral use of English.
The application procedure focuses on searching out those candidates that are highly motivated, independent and demonstrate they have the critical skills necessary to develop and further their existing ideas. In short, those artists that – given the opportunity to join the Painting programme – would utilise their time with us to the full, and have the generosity to support their fellow students.
Students apply from all kinds of back-grounds, but generally having completed a BA degree. In recent years, people have come from fine art, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photo media, conservation, illustration, design, textiles, architecture, art history and interactive arts courses.
While many students enter the course after years of independent work, we also accept students directly from undergraduate courses.
Ultimately we want to attract those artists that want to work in a supportive environment and have the drive and ambition to realise the full potential of their studio practice, in turn energising their peer group.
During the first and second year all students are required to complete a self-assessment form at the end of each term. Your Personal Tutor will also file a report on your tutorials once a term which you will have the opportunity to comment on. The programme also supports the development of Artist’s Statements for every student which are instrumental when applying for residencies, and artist initiatives and essential when exhibiting works professionally.
You are assigned a personal tutor with whom you discuss your work in tutorials twice a term. Your tutor writes a critical report on your progress each term in response to a written statement of your own.
Although you are working primarily on your own practice, there are also throughout the year group critiques, seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials with other members of the programme team. You will produce work for studio critiques that take place in terms one and two.
At the beginning of the spring term, first-year students contribute to the Work-in-progress Show; your work is not expected to be resolved at this stage. It is an opportunity to take risks, trying new materials and ideas. As this is in a gallery context, it includes the question of spectatorship and professional practice. This enables you to reflect upon the efficacy of the visual forms and concepts with which you have been working.
You take an interim examination in the summer term, which you must pass in order to continue into the second year. Towards the end of the summer term you submit a draft of your Dissertation.
In the second year, your personal tutor (a tutor assigned and other than that in your first year) appraises your work twice a term. You produce a self-initiated body of work, which is evaluated and discussed in group critiques and tutorials during the year.
In the third term the work you exhibit in the graduating show is part of your MA Examination. It consists of a major presentation undertaken in the second year of the programme. Your art practice should now demonstrate that you are able to make, develop and realise work at an advanced level.
Your work should now have a clear direction and resolution, demonstrating a level of conceptual and technical competence appropriate to your own aims and objectives for the work. Your practice is expected to be self-initiated and thoroughly researched. You will be asked to articulate this process of producing work in the viva voce.
|Location||London – Battersea|
|EU||19000 GBP for Whole course|
|England||19000 GBP for Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||19000 GBP for Whole course|
|Scotland||19000 GBP for Whole course|
|Wales||19000 GBP for Whole course|
|Channel Islands||19000 GBP for Whole course|
|International||56800 GBP for Whole course|
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