Moving Image and Performance Pathways

The School of Fine Art has established two new pathways, in Moving Image and in Performance. A long-standing strength and presence in RCA Fine Art has now been critically structured to correspond with contemporary practice, offering an intensive period of cross-disciplinary study.

Prospective MA and Research students wishing to enter the Fine Art School can now apply to be part of these two exciting new cohorts. Students apply through the four existing Fine Art programmes – Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture – but are based in their own specialist work area independently in the Fine Art campus while simultaneously being part of their ‘host’ programme.

The Moving Image pathway is led by Stuart Croft, and the Performance pathway is led by Nigel Rolfe.

Both pathways are run in close proximity with each other, and we draw on the critical and historic interplay that the two disciplines thrive on. We are interested in building a diverse yet collaborative cohort of practitioners who are working across disciplines and languages – broadly interpreted as artists’ moving image or performance but including choreography, dance to film, work made live with body or sound as well as fiction-led and documentary-based work.

Students on the pathways have access to the Moving Image Studio (MIS) in Battersea, which is a teaching and production centre for film and video in the School of Fine Art. MIS includes an equipped 1000 square-foot shooting studio, five edit suites, technical support and equipment loans. The new routes offer a programme of visiting lecturers, theory seminars, group critiques, and professional practice sessions – and we encourage ad hoc events and student-led interventions. Students in each cohort simultaneously interact with staff tutors, visiting lecturers, group crits and seminars in their 'host' programme.