Fine Art Summer School

Summer Intensive

The Fine Art Summer School is now FULLY BOOKED for 2017. Register your interest for future summer intensives.

The course is designed for practising artists who wish to develop their own personal and professional practice in a world-leading fine art context. Located in the Royal College of Art’s purpose-built Sackler Building studios in London, the course will provide committed time, a lively forum for learning, debate and practical skills in a collaborative atmosphere, as well as the opportunity to gain personal, one-to-one support and advice from our faculty of practitioners.

Participants will spend three weeks working in individual studios supported by tutors and professors relevant to their work. Support will include individual tutorials, group critiques, workshops and technical inductions. The whole programme will be supported by an accompanying weekly lecture programme and film screenings that will expand upon ideas key to the understanding of contemporary art. There will also be opportunities for participants to exhibit their work at the RCA.

Dates: 17 July – 4 August 2017

Duration: 3 weeks

How and what will I learn?

  • Individual 45 min tutorials with RCA staff and visiting lecturers.
  • Direct practical, critical and technical support of the development of the participant’s work. 

  • Presentation of work and group discussion led by an academic staff member.
  • Thematic, practical workshops which run over the course of a day, delivered by RCA staff or visiting lecturers.
  • Dedicated time for independent study in individual studios access to museums and galleries.
  • A final exhibition in the Dyson Gallery including final feedback and group discussion.

Who should attend?

This summer intensive will suit a range of artists involved in contemporary art practice including in the expanding fields of moving image, performance, public sphere, image and language, painting, photography, sculpture and print, who have enthusiasm and ambition for the development of their practice in a world-leading context. These might include practitioners eager to find new avenues for their work, or those keen to expose their work to a new context and new audiences.

Admission criteria

Participants should be able to supply evidence of being able to pursue supported independent studio practice.

Application Deadline 

30 April 2017

APPLY HERE with a brief artist statement and examples of your work.


The full course fee is £2,700 for the full duration of the course. 


Successful applicants will be notified by email within 2 weeks after their application. Your place will be secured once the fee is paid.

The Fine Art Summer School is now fully booked for 2017. Register your interest for future summer intensives.


+44 (0)20 7590 4545

Register interest to download full course description.

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