Open Days are held to enable applicants to visit the College and meet staff and students. The final Open Day of 2015 will be held during the annual graduate Show, on 1 July, and staff and current students will be on hand to answer any questions you may have before applying. We will also be advising on PSS scheme eligibility and some Schools will also be hosting portfolio surgeries. Please contact the relevant School if you would like to attend with your portfolio (see details below).
If you are considering applying to the College for 2015/16, you can prepare for your application by researching the academic programmes offered by each of the Schools, and accessing the following pages: Applications, Application Guidance, and Fees & Funding.
All programmes (with the exception of Global Innovation Design) are accepting applications.
1 July 2015: College-wide Open Day
School of Architecture
Dyson Building, Kensington
2pm Introduction from Professor Alex de Rijke, Dean of School and Acting Head of Programme, Architecture
2.15pm Introduction from Ab Rogers, Head of Programme, Interior Design
2.30–3.30pm Tour of the Show
3.30pm Architecture students’ presentation – 'Multi-Party Platforms’
4pm Interior Design students' presentations
School of Communication
Download a full School of Communication Open Day Schedule.
School of Design
Lecture Theatre 1, Darwin Building, Kensington
11.40–11.50pm Arrival and registration
11.50am Welcome by the Dean of School
12pm Introduction to Vehicle Design by Head of Programme
12.05pm Introduction to Innovation Design Engineering by Head of Programme
12.10pm Introduction to Service Design by Head of Programme
12.15pm Introduction to Global Innovation Design by Head of Programme
12.20pm Introduction to Design Products by Head of Programme
12.25pm Introduction to Design Interactions by Head of Programme
12.30pm Introduction by School Research Leader
12.35pm Applications information
1pm Portfolio surgeries in the Junior Common Room and Show tours
To register please email the relevant programme. You are very welcome to register for the Open Day with more than one programme within the School:
Design Products: email@example.com
Design Interactions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Innovation design Engineering: email@example.com
Service Design: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vehicle Design: email@example.com
*Please note 2015/16 applications for Global Innovation Design have now closed.
School of Fine Art
12–9pm, Dyson Building, Battersea
2pm Tour of the Fine Art buildings and Show led by Performance Pathway Leader, Professor Nigel Rolfe, and graduating Fine Art students.
Meet in the ground floor Dyson foyer (by the Hester Road entrance)
4pm Tour of the Fine Art buildings and Show led by Head of Sculpture, Jordan Baseman, and graduating Fine Art students.
Meet in the ground floor Dyson foyer (by the Hester Road entrance)
6pm Introduction to the School by the Dean of Fine Art, Professor Juan Cruz, including the School philosophy, curriculum, and how to apply. This will be followed by an informal Q&A session with Heads of Programme, Pathway Leaders and graduating students. Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss academic and pastoral issues related to studying a Fine Art MA or Research degree.
Gorvy Lecture Theatre, first floor, Dyson Building
7pm Tour of the Fine Art buildings and Show led by Professor Juan Cruz, and graduating Fine Art students.
Meet in the first floor Dyson foyer (outside the Gorvy Lecture Theatre)
From 7:15pm Performances in the Show spaces from graduating Performance Pathway students: Rosana Antoli, Karolina Magnusson-Murray, Lou-Atessa Marcellin, Girolamo Marri and Leon Platt.
Graduating students from the School of Fine Art will be available throughout the day around the Show to talk about their work and their experience of studying at the RCA.
All tours will last around one hour and are open to visitors considering applying to any of the four Fine Art programmes and two pathways.
Sign up to attend the open day here. (Registration is encouraged but not essential.)
School of Humanities
3–8pm, Darwin Building, Kensington
3pm – 4pm Student talks in the Humanities exhibition space, followed by tea in the Humanities seminar room, with a chance to talk to tutors and look at course materials and publications.
Graduate Symposia (open day attendees very welcome to attend and participate!):
6.30pm Introduction to Critical Writing in Art & Design, Senior Common Room
7pm Introduction to V&A/RCA History of Design, V&A Gorvy Lecture Theatre
You are encouraged to register with the programme for Open Day in advance, so we can send you further programme information:
School of Material
3pm and 5pm, Woo Building, Battersea
Tour of new Jewellery & Metal studios at the Woo Building. The Head of Programme, Professor Hans Stofer, will talk about the programme's philosophy, its curriculum, what graduates go on to do, what an application folio needs to include and the application procedure. In addition open day visitors will have an opportunity to talk to staff about academic and pastoral issues related to studying at MA or for Research degrees. Graduating students from Jewellery & Metal will be available at the Show to talk about their work and their experience of studying at the RCA.
7pm, Woo Building, Battersea
There will be a short introduction to the course and opportunity to talk informally with graduating Jewellery & Metal students.
5pm, Woo Building, Battersea
Guided tour of the Show and of the new Ceramics & Glass workshops in Woo. This will be led by Professor Martin Smith, the Head of Programme, who will talk about the programme philosophy, its curriculum, what graduates go on to do and what an application folio needs to include and the application procedure. In addition open day visitors will have an opportunity to talk to staff about academic and pastoral issues related to studying at MA or for Research degrees. Graduating students from Ceramics & Glass will be available in the Show to talk about their work and their experience of studying at the RCA.
3–6pm, Darwin Building, Kensington
3pm Arrive at RCA
3.30pm Welcome and short presentation by Professor Clare Johnston, Head of Textiles, at the entrance to the Textiles Show (Royal Albert Hall entrance)
3.45pm Visit the Show and meet graduating students
4.30pm Tour of the workshops and studio with first-year students, and the chance to meet technical and academic staff
5–6pm Portfolio surgeries in the Fashion & Textiles showroom. Places are strictly limited and so visitors need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
For more information about the Show, including opening times and other special events, visit Show 2015.
For a review of each School's Show, see News.
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