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Our short courses are designed to address the professional and personal development goals of our participants. They feature a broad range of activities, including:

  • advanced level lectures and seminars by RCA academic faculty that teach on the postgraduate degree programmes
  • notable guest speakers connected to industry and leading professional practitioners in their field
  • practical group work and exercises in live, highly interactive sessions.

Who should attend?

Our Art & Design short courses are aimed at:

  • postgraduate or undergraduate students preparing for Master’s study
  • career changers
  • professionals seeking to develop specific knowledge and skills
  • anyone with no formal training or qualification in art and design who wishes to pursue study or career in this area

We attract a global mix of participants, we have welcomed over 64 different nationalities on our short courses since transitioning to online delivery.

Online delivery

Our courses are organised in synchronous sessions in a live virtual environment.

The delivery is rigorous and highly interactive.

Participants engage with the RCA’s esteemed academics and facilitators via an audio & video conferencing service, access resources on the College's learning platform and work with peers in breakout rooms in real time using visual collaboration tools.

Executive Education Online Delivery

“I can sum up my experience at the RCA as unique, magic and eye opening – it has deeply influenced my art practice, making me fall in love with the art world once again.”

Short Course participant 2020

Register your interest for our short courses

2022 Short Courses

Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Theory and Practice

NEW DATES 27 June – 8 July 2022, applications open January 2022!

Art & Design Portfolio Development
NEW DATES 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 July 2022

Contemporary Art Summer School

NEW DATES 18 July – 5 August 2022, applications open January 2022!

The Empathetic Engineer
FULLY BOOKED 2021 - 2022 dates to be announced

Co-Designing Innovation

FULLY BOOKED 2021 - 2022 dates to be announced


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
[email protected]
Jo Chounta Executive Education Coordinator