Frequently Asked Questions

Contemporary Art Summer School

Before Applying

I am interested in your Contemporary Art Summer School. What are the criteria for admission?

The course is suited for postgraduates and practising artists, aged 18 years and over, that are able to work independently. This should be evidenced in your application. It gives participants the chance to make new art in London supported by the RCA teaching staff.

Your application must be a single PDF file no larger than 10MB. It must contain:

  • A CV with contact details, artistic/work/education history, legal nationality.
  • A 300-word artist statement or a proposal for a project that you intend to undertake during the course
  • Five images of your work or five web links to videos

Applications will open in early 2019.

Do I have to write  an overall statement for each artwork I have attached?

No, this is not required. Your 300-word artist statement should be a summary of your practice.

What Technical Facilities and Workshops are available? 

The course will take place in the Sackler Building studios with access to the workshop facilities of the painting studios and digital printing facilities in the Dyson Print workshops.

Participants will also have access to the extensively equipped resource stores where they can book state of the art video and audio equipment.


  • Cameras, Tripod, Flash Lighting, projectors, sound equipment
  • Equipped photography studio 
  • Digital re-touching suite
  • A3–A4 scanners and printers
  • Large digital print (at cost)


  • Stretcher making
  • Board making
  • Timber cut to size
  • Basic carpentry joining
  • Hanging 2D works
  • Installing 3D works

After Application

Where will the course be based?

The course will be primarily based in the Sackler Building at the RCA’s Battersea campus, a cultural quarter that includes Foster & Partners Architects and Vivienne Westwood Studios. Apple UK will also move into the area soon.

The address is Royal College of Art, Sackler Building, 20 Howie Street, SW11 4AY.

At the same time as the Contemporary Art Summer School, there will be concurrent summer programmes running across the College. Furthermore, the campus will be busy as our 2019 intake of international students will be attending English language courses over the summer. Finally, PhD and MRes students will still be working through summer.

Participants will also have access to the RCA library, including the colour library, at the Kensington campus.

What visa will I need to attend this course?

Delegates without  UK/EU/EEA/Swiss nationality are advised to obtain a Short-term Study Visa in order to attend the course. For further details visit

If study is not the only purpose of the trip you may be able to enter the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa, which permits study for up to 30 days. For further details visit

Contact the local British Consulate for more help.

When the artist has paid the fee accepted the terms and conditions, the College can issue a formal invitation letter in support of any visa application.

Does the RCA have its own student accommodation?

Whilst the RCA's courses are non-residential, we do recommend the following website which offers a range of accommodation if you wish to stay in Central London.

In previous years participants have also found nearby accommodation through AirBnB.

About the Summer School

How many people will be on the course?

There will be a maximum 25 artists on the course

Will I have my own studio?

There are several individual studios and a number of shared studios in the Sackler Building.  Depending on the nature of your work you will be allocated a studio that is best suited for you.

Are the costs of materials included in the course fee?

A3 and A4 digital printing is included in the fees.

Access to a variety of large digital print materials and formats are available at cost during the course.

Where can I buy materials for the course?

You may want to order your own art materials online. Please have your delivery sent to:

Contemporary Art Summer School c/o Lieve Vanmeert and your own name, Royal College of Art, Howie Street, SW11 4AY London.

We can recommend a few Art suppliers nearby

e.g. Cass Art on Kensington High Street,

Green and Stone, 259 King’s Road, SW3 5EL, is the art shop nearest to the College

Can I take my work home?

You are the owner of all the work that you have produced during the summer school. After the final show, you will be expected to take your work home. Please arrange your own shipping. We do not have the facilities to ship your work.

Will we visit galleries?

Gallery visits guided by RCA staff and researchers are an integral part of the Summer School.

Can I invite guests to the final show?

The Summer School concludes with a presentation of the work that you have made during the three-week course. You will be able to invite guests to the Private View of this show which will take place on the last Friday at the RCA.