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Contemporary Art Practice

Performance practice has a long and substantial footing in all fine art programmes at the RCA, and every year graduating artists make live actions part of their varied current modes of work in the contemporary subject.

In 2013 we established a consolidated Performance pathway, to extend and bring focus both to the subject and to those interested in developing performance in their work.

Candidates apply to the Contemporary Art Practice programme but are situated as a Performance cohort together from the outset of their studies. This reflects the School of Arts & Humanities' commitment to extending the broad-spectrum approach to making work in current practice across the visual arts, while also endorsing the current substantial and widespread interest in performance work.

The range of possible interests and approaches to performance is very wide. The Performance pathway’s approach is both investigative and practical: from seminars about concepts and meaning to workshops about doing and methodology. We have a regular programme of visiting artists and lectures. Students are expected to make and present work in an exciting variety of contexts both in London and further afield.

To apply for the Performance pathway please select Contemporary Art Practice as your programme and tick the 'Performance pathway' box within that. 

"By offering this pathway, we have both accelerated students’ potential in this field and clarified academically what making performances means as a whole or as part of a broader working practice."