English for Academic Purposes
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) aims to support students in communicating in an academic art and design context. We run online pre-sessional courses before programmes begin and offer in-sessional support during the academic year.
EAP Pre-Sessional Courses
If you haven't reached the required English language requirements for your programme, we offer an eight-week intensive EAP Pre-Sessional course designed specifically for students joining the RCA. The course focuses on the language and communication skills needed for RCA programmes.
The RCA online pre-sessional course offers you the opportunity to work in a small class group with regular online collaboration, tutorials and feedback. You will be supported by experienced EAP tutors to develop your academic reading and writing skills as well as listening, discussion and presentation skills. You will be able to access a variety of stimulating materials related to Art and Design and will practise skills in critical analysis and reflective thinking crucial to your Art and Design programme learning outcomes.
6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in the writing, or 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing, or equivalent recognised by the College.
12 July – 3 September 2021
This is a full time intensive course with self study tasks as well as online live interaction Monday - Fridays three to four hours live contact time per day plus guided self-study and collaborative tasks.
Four-week EAP Pre-sessional Course
We also offer an online, four-week version of the pre-sessional course if you have reached the English language level required but wish to improve your communication skills specifically for academic study at the RCA. The pre-sessional course provides a valuable chance to practise academic English in the context of art and design with authentic and relevant tasks and materials.
You must have already reached the English language requirements for your programme.
9 August – 3 September 2021
This is a full time intensive course with self study tasks as well as online live interaction Monday–Fridays, 3–4 hours live contact time per day, plus guided self-study and collaborative tasks.
Watch the EAP open day talk
The EAP course coordinator Sian Lund spoke about the courses at the last online open day. Watch the talk here to find out more.
You are advised to book and pay for the course as early as possible to secure your place. EAP courses are very popular and limited places remain. We will accept bookings subject to availability of places.
For booking enquiries or queries about the English language requirements, please contact the Registry:
+44 (0)20 7590 4444
Why Join the EAP Pre-Sessional Course?
The Pre-Sessional EAP course offers you a tailor-made supportive course with specific tasks and materials relating to RCA Art & Design programmes.
The online EAP course offers you the chance to work in a small group (12–14 students) with an experienced EAP tutor to guide you through the development of your academic skills. During the online class time you will respond to reading and listening material, plan and develop pieces of writing and practise your critical analysis and reflective thinking skills. Your EAP tutor will be able to review your skills and provide regular personal feedback to help you identity your learning needs and appropriate methods for development.
All the tasks on the course are designed to reflect the same learning outcomes that you will be expected to achieve on your MA programmes. For example, you will need to critically evaluate current thinking in your field and express your position on relevant issues. We help you develop the language and communication skills to do this in a supportive collaborative environment.
Art & Design Materials and Tasks
You will be guided through a variety of online study materials using authentic texts and themes from Art and Design disciplines across the college. We use these to develop your vocabulary, reading and listening skills and independent research skills.
As well as group work with your EAP tutor, you will work on a collaborative group project supported by discipline tutors, and take part in a weekly webinar conference with invited specialists from the college research community.
"I liked the way of teaching English by "doing" and not just understanding grammar, for example. The uses of contemporary authors and themes relevant to the time we are living in, made the classes more and more attractive."
"Good use of technology during the course / created lots of interactions in the class and with others students and RCA members and helped us to be more comfortable with this new tools to work online. It prepared us for the start of our MA."
"The online teaching methods were great, the tutor was very patient and interesting and it was a pleasure to have lessons."
In-Sessional EAP Support
We have a number of workshops throughout the academic year.
Here is an example of what we offer:
- Preparing for your dissertation – reading and writing processes.
- General EAP: paragraph structure, sentence structure, critical thinking skills, developing vocabulary, note-taking.
- Preparing for presentations.
- Workshops for research students.
Most of these courses are open to native and non-native speakers of English.
Students are able to book tutorials with an experienced tutor to review an aspect of their language in order to develop skills in this area.
Who to Contact
Students who require more information should contact the EAP Team:
+44 (0)20 7590 4543
+44 (0)20 7590 4140