A critical environment in which to discuss contemporary issues for making sculpture.
The study of sculpture is ever-expanding and includes object-making, public art and social practices, site and space, performance, sound, film and video. Rather than only considering the specific manifestations of sculpture, we prefer to think of it as a methodology from which to progress the production of art.
The Sculpture programme provides a structure that incorporates both individual and group tutorials, as well as seminars, a dedicated lecture programme and the opportunity to take part in external projects. Critical reviews of your work will be conducted consistently throughout the year, and we invite external visitors to contribute to these discussions when they become School-wide.
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All full-time students on fine or applied arts programmes are provided with studio and workshop space. There are a number of bookable seminar and project spaces across the site available to all Arts & Humanities students.
Our alumni form an international network of creative individuals who have shaped and continue to shape the world.
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More details on what you'll study.
Find out what you'll cover in this programme.
What you'll cover
In your first year of study you undertake three units of study: Unit 1A, Unit 1B and CHS. These Units are each worth 40 credits and assessed through a combination of continuous and summative assessment methods.
To support your progress through Unit 1a and Unit 1b you will be assigned a Personal Tutor who supervises academic progress throughout their year in consultation with the wider tutoring team. You will receive five one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor throughout the year. In addition to this each term you will have the opportunity to join groups and have the ability to request tutorials with the wider programme team and with tutors across the college.
The first term focuses on engendering social cohesiveness, respect and collaboration among the year group, and a sharing of expertise and experience. At the beginning of the second term you will take part in the Work in Progress show. It is not expected for your work to be resolved however you should see this as an opportunity to take risks with how you engage in a public environment.
During the second year of the programme you undertake three units of study: Unit 2A (40 credits), Unit 2B (60 Credits) and SoAH School Unit (20 Credits). These units are assessed through a combination of continuous and summative assessment methods.
In the first term you will continue to work with a Personal Tutor who helps direct your progress through Unit 2A, participating in the first term activities (seminars, panel discussions, tutorials), whilst being mindful of the development of your studio practice. This is supported by tutorials and crits from programme staff and visiting lecturers.
In the second and third terms, while experimentation continues to be encouraged, work also becomes much more concentrated on production for the final show as part of the assessment of Unit 2B - the Independent Research Project. This consists of the undertaking of a major project that should demonstrate how you are able to research, develop and realise an artwork to a Masters level. The Student works should have a clear direction and resolution, which is thoroughly researched through the your own initiative.
Alongside your participation in programme based units, students will also participate in the SoAH School unit, which, through study groups, lectures, symposia, crits and tutorials will support you in discussing and evolving your work against a broader frame of reference.
Critical & Historical Studies (CHS)
All studio-based MA students follow a weekly schedule of Critical & Historical Studies (CHS), a College-wide initiative that provides you with the intellectual framework to build a coherent relationship between theory and practice.
CHS delivers exciting, thought-provoking and inspiring lectures by experts within the programme and high-profile visiting lecturers. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the theoretical background and aspects of your chosen discipline through a tutored dissertation process, as well as receiving individual tutorial support from our team of expert tutors.
What you need to know before you apply
Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process considers creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.
You must have a good first degree in sculpture or a relevant subject, as well as being able to display a facility with materials and techniques. You’ll also be knowledgeable about the history and cultural relevance of the disciplines pertinent to the arts and humanities, as well as be able to hold and articulate a view of your own work in relationship to that. You should be able to critically reflect on your work, to question received modes of production and frameworks, and metabolise academic, social and philosophical encounters.
What's needed from you
Your portfolio is a showcase of your work as an artist or designer and can be made up of images, videos or writing examples. Your portfolio helps us to better understand your application and allows you to show evidence of your ability and motivation to undertake a given programme.
Generally, we’re looking for you to demonstrate your:
- Creativity, imagination and innovation
- Ability to articulate the intentions of the work
- Intellectual engagement in areas relevant to the work
- Technical skills appropriate to the work
- Potential to benefit from the programme
If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard.
You are exempt from this requirement if you have received a 2.1 degree or above from a university in a majority English-speaking nation within the last two years.
If you need a Student Visa to study at the RCA, you will also need to meet the Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.
For this programme
Fees for new students
Fees for September 2021 entry on this programme are outlined below. From 2021 onward, EU students are classified as Overseas for tuition fee purposes.
Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Overseas and EU
New entrants to the College for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. This will be offset against the tuition fees for the first year of study.
Overseas and EU
* Total cost is based on the assumption that the programme is completed in the timeframe stated in the programme details. Additional study time may incur additional charges.
Scholarships are awarded for a specific programme and entry point and cannot be deferred without consent from the academic Programme and scholarships panel.
There are many funding sources, with some students securing scholarships and others saving money from working. It is impossible to list all the potential funding sources; however, the following information could be useful.
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The Royal College of Art welcomes applicants from all over the world.