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Critical Writing in Art & Design

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David Crowley
Professor David Crowley

The Critical Writing in Art & Design programme offers MA and research students opportunities to explore new ways of writing about contemporary art and design at a time when the media is undergoing considerable change. The programme is committed to the idea that writing and criticism are creative practices in their own right, with their own techniques, ethics and technologies. 


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  • Thea Smith

    Thea Smith

    I studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths. In my second year, I started writing as part of my art practice and it became a real interest of mine. Along with some friends from Goldsmiths, I co-founded a feminism and art journal called SALT. as a counterpoint to the art writing I was doing. After graduation, we kept the journal going, and I realised that was what I wanted to do in the long term.

  • Florian Schmidt

    Florian Schmidt

    Critical Writing at the RCA is a very particular approach. What's great about CWA&D here is that you are not just writing for other researchers. Most research is only ever published for other researchers (in the same field as you), but at the RCA the aim is to address an audience that is not doing what you’re doing and to publish for a wider audience. 

  • Alice Hattrick

    Alice Hattrick

    I applied with samples of writing, extracts from my dissertation, and a couple of short things had written. There are 12 altogether in my year. It’s a small group, so it’s easy to be in a seminar together. The tutors are a mix of writers, artists and academics. The programme is not for writers, it’s about writing. Everyone’s interests overlap, giving a context and diversity that you can’t really define. Put together the knowledge is expansive.



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