MA Programme Description
The Sculpture Programme provides an educational structure that incorporates individual and group tutorials, as well as a dedicated seminar programme, developed in collaboration with the Henry Moore Institute, entitled Everything is Sculpture.
In their first term, students will be introduced to academic and technical staff, will be provided with an appropriate workspace and will be allocated a personal tutor. All students will make an introductory presentation of their work to Sculpture students and staff. This event familiarises each student with the wide variety and type of work being made by their peers, and the various concerns of their peer group.
The main focus of the student’s time will be concerned with the production of their individual work. Our project spaces are used regularly for the presentation of student work in every stage of development: from experimental moments to exhibition ready-conditions, works are tested and understood through their location away from the studio.
The first year is spent primarily experimenting with ideas, materials, media, and processes. There are many different opportunities to discuss the on-going creation and condition of sculpture and sculpture related activities and concerns. Studio practice is balanced in the summer term with dissertation writing.
After submitting the dissertation, the first half of this year is spent deeply engaged with research and ideas explored previously. The remainder of the year is geared towards the resolution of some of these ideas into exhibited artworks. The second year in many ways simultaneously consolidates and expands on the experiments of the first year towards the realization of the degree show exhibition.
Critical & Historical Studies
The RCA provides a unique environment for postgraduate art and design students to reflect upon their own practice, and to engage with students from their own and other disciplines. The role of Critical & Historical Studies (CHS) is to support the studio programmes in enabling these critical engagements to take place. The courses offered by CHS to first year studio-based MA students propose an intellectual framework within which they can begin to establish a coherent relationship between theory and practice.
In the autumn and spring terms there are a series of College-wide seminars and lectures. The autumn term series will relate to your particular discipline (though it is possible to elect to join a series being offered to students on other programmes) whereas the spring term series will be more broad-based and cross-disciplinary in nature.
In the spring and summer terms, a CHS tutor will give you individual tutorials to support the development of a dissertation which is submitted *at the end of the Summer Term.* The dissertation should be between 6,000–10,000 words in length – this is a major piece of work and you will be not be able to submit for the Final Examination until you have passed this assessment.
"First year students are encouraged to help and engage with the degree show build. As a spatial discipline, the creation of exhibition space is core to students’ understanding of sculpture."