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Editorial Design

2, 9, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 30 May 2023


“Learn the craft and art of editorial design, which is defined as the presentation of information (text and image) in a coherent, relevant and innovative manner, allowing the reader access to subject matter of all kinds and on various platforms."

Adrian Shaughnessy and Astrid Stavro, Short Course Leaders


5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 June 2023


“Typography is part science and part art. This course aims to acquaint you with the core principles of typography (the science) and inspire you to develop your powers of typographic expression (the art).” Adrian Shaughnessy, Short Course Leader

The Graphic Novel: Visual Storytelling

3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26 July 2023


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“How we start a story can prove difficult but to make this possible we are offering you a starting point. Composition, tone, colour, pacing and tempo are the things we have to engage with.”

Professor Andrzej Klimowski, Short Course Leader

Art and Design Portfolio Development

29 & 30 June, 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 July 2023

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“The portfolio as a practice is inherently multidisciplinary. As a self-authored publication, a portfolio translates a body of work through thoughtful art direction, critical writing and content curation.”

Richard Nash, Short Course Leader

Architecture Summer School

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30 June – 10 July 2023

"The course brings together theoretical reflection and production, pushing participants to develop their skills and to generate conceptual and physical products of the highest standard for their portfolio."

Tania López Winkler, Short Course Leader

Curating Contemporary Art and Design

10–21 July 2023

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“We provide a highly interactive environment in which participants develop their own curatorial practices and critical perspectives while building new networks and working collaboratively together.”

Dr Rosie Ram, Short Course Leader

Creative Reuse in Architecture and Interior Design

13, 14, 20 & 21 July 2023

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An overview of the opportunities and strategies for creative reuse, live online from the School of Architecture. 2023 guest speakers include Flores & Prat and B+ architects, plus the co-founder of AKT II.

Contemporary Art Summer School

24 July – 11 August 2023

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“This course offers the unique opportunity to look at your practice differently. I want people to walk away with a new joy in their practice and a different way of looking at what they have been working on so far.” Dr Despina Zacharopoulou, Short Course Leader

Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Publishing, Editing, Writing Intensive

9, 10, 16 & 17 November 2023

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"We are thrilled to offer this new course exploring the possibilities of publishing, editing and writing within the context of contemporary art and design. For curators, artists, writers, designers and many others, making work public is a vital part of creative practice and this dynamic programme presents an opportunity to engage with leading professionals who write, edit and publish in truly innovative ways."

Dr Rosie Ram, Short Course Leader

Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Archives and Collections Intensive

2023 dates to be announced soon

"This intensive provides a vital forum to explore the possibilities of working creatively and critically with archives and collections of art and design. A unique opportunity to engage deeply with the latest developments in curatorial thinking and practice, encountering approaches that activate archival materials and objects in experimental ways."

Dr Rosie Ram, Short Course Leader

Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Writing Intensive

2023 dates to be announced soon

"We are excited to offer this new opportunity to engage deeply with the practice of writing and to explore the role of written text across different art and design contexts and curatorial modalities. The Intensive offers a space to develop your creative and critical skills and your understanding of writing in relation to contemporary art and design curating."

Dr Rosie Ram, Short Course Leader


We have been running Art & Design short courses for more than 7 years and have attracted a global mix of participants from over 60 countries.

In academic year 2022-23 we continue to deliver short courses on campus and live online.

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About our Art & Design Short Courses

  • Advanced level lectures and seminars by RCA academic faculty who teach on the postgraduate degree programmes
  • Notable guest speakers and professional practitioners connected to industry
  • Real time interaction with the course leaders to exchange ideas and receive feedback
  • Learn about the RCA's most recent case studies and practices
  • Opportunity to collaborate and connect with an international network of peers
  • Certificate of achievement on completion.

Our short courses reflect our advanced level of teaching and are aimed at:

  • postgraduate or undergraduate students preparing for Master’s study
  • career changers or those interested in art and design
  • professionals seeking to develop specific knowledge and skills.

The majority of our short courses are organised in synchronous sessions in a live virtual environment.

The delivery is rigorous and highly interactive.


  • engage with the RCA’s esteemed academics and facilitators via the audio and video conferencing service Zoom
  • access resources on the College's learning platform Moodle
  • work with peers in breakout rooms in real time using visual collaboration tools such as Miro

In 2022 we celebrated the opening of the RCA’s new state-of-the-art research and innovation campus designed by Herzog & de Meuron in Battersea and the return of in person executive masterclasses and short courses.

'The top floor spaces have been specifically designed for the delivery of Executive Education. It's an incredible space with windows all around and 360 degree views across London - simply put, it's a really lovely, immersive, inspiring place to learn.' Hattie Allen, Executive Education Manager


RCA Short Courses will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in the period up to the course dates. Our planning incorporates the latest UK Government guidance as well as consideration of how best to ensure a safe and inclusive learning space for participants and staff team. Our participants health, wellbeing and quality of experience while attending our on-campus courses is paramount to us. Full details of the Covid safe guidelines in place for the course will be provided to you in advance of your start date with your welcome information. It may be necessary due to Covid-19 restrictions to change the mode of delivery to live online or postpone to a later date. We will endeavour to notify all participants in advance of any changes, no later than 2 weeks before the course start date.

Terms & conditions apply.

7th Floor Executive Education event spaces in Battersea, London.

Event Space, Level 7 Rausing Research & Innovation Building in Battersea

Event Space, Level 7 Rausing Research & Innovation Building in Battersea

Event Space, Level 7 Rausing Research & Innovation Building in Battersea

Terrace, Events Spaces, Rausing Building Battersea

View 7th Floor Terrace, Rausing Building Battersea

Our experts can develop custom short courses and many of our existing short courses can be adapted, combined or customised for the particular needs of an organisation. The courses are ideally suited for groups of 15 to 30 or more participants.

Courses may be delivered online or at one of the RCA's central London sites, at your premises or other venues in the UK and internationally.

Contact us to discuss developing a custom programme:

Peter Christian, Head of Executive Education

Hattie Allen, Executive Education Manager

Contact us

Get in touch with Jo Chounta if you'd like to find out more about this or any of our other short courses.

Email us at
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Executive Education Team