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Royal College of Art Launches New Summer Short Courses

This summer the RCA will open its studios and facilities to students and practitioners through a range of Short Courses. Lasting from one day to three weeks, these dynamic courses offer the opportunity to learn new skills, approaches and conceptual frameworks from world-leading art and design academics, researchers and practitioners – at the College's London campus. From practical skills in millinery to strategic masterclasses in applying design thinking for business innovation, Short Courses at the RCA offer participants from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn at one of the world’s foremost art and design schools.

The new RCA Short Courses include Design Thinking & Innovation, a one-day masterclass in business innovation led over two days by Professor Jeremy Myerson, at the RCA and the Design Museum. Professor Myerson is the RCA’s Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design with over 35 years' experience as an academic and author focusing on the role design can play in social, demographic and technological change. Professor Myerson explains, 'We want people to come away from our executive education courses with achievable insights and a critical path to making change in their organisations and to their own individual working lives.'

Other one-day courses include Future Trends and Global Innovation  – led by Dr Tim Jones an expert in innovation, growth and foresight; and Designing Services & Products with Artificial Intelligence, a forward-looking workshop that focuses on business and creative collaborative managerial skills through AI-powered services and products to improve strategic understanding of why and how AI can help you and/or your company engage with the public. Design Research Methods for Professional Spatial Designers is a three-day course led by academics and industry professionals from the School of Architecture.

A range of longer courses provide participants with the chance to develop their own personal and professional practice, supported by the College's world-class faculty. These range from Advanced Millinery Design – an intensive five-day hat-making course, taught by couture milliner Vivienne Lake, to Introduction to Coding for Artists & Creatives – a five-day course delivered by Dr Eleanor Dare, Senior Tutor of the MA Digital Direction Programme. The Future of Fashion Innovation & Systems is a one-week intensive course for present and future industry professionals.

Other courses include The Future of Retail Design a three-day course led by Dr Harriet Harriss, Senior Tutor in Interior Design and Architecture; and Visual Communication: Publishing as Critical Practice – a five-day workshop led by Dr Rathna Ramanathan, Head of Visual Communication, which explores how a variety of modes of publishing can be harnessed for creative communication.

There are also a range of summer schools on offer that provide intensive weeks immersed in the RCA. These courses are suitable for those considering applying for Master's or Research programmes at the College, as well as practising designers, artists and industry professionals wanting to improve and diversify their skills.

Architecture Summer School, How to Write About Contemporary Art and Criticism & Curating are all week-long courses providing the opportunity to experience the environment and methodologies of art and design studios at the RCA and learn new skills through exhibition and site visits, lectures and training. Lucrecia Goellner, who attended Criticism & Curating Summer School in 2017 recalls: 'I can sum up my experience at the RCA as unique, magic and eye opening – it has deeply influenced my art practice, making me fall in love with the art world once again.'

The four-day Disruptive Market Innovation through Design course explores the new thinking needed for step-change innovation. Contemporary Art is a three-week, studio-based summer intensive, which provides a strongly supportive environment for independent practice and will introduce participants to the extended study of Contemporary Art at the RCA.

The College also offers a range of Creative Leadership courses led by experts from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. These executive masterclasses cover topics such as people-centred design approaches to business and the corporate value of listening to, observing and participating with users.


Bookings for Short Courses are now open.

Our Short Courses are very popular and places are filled quickly. We particularly advise early application if you will need a tourist visa to enter the UK.