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Contemporary Art Summer School, 2019

“The course is excellent in every aspect. I felt immersed in the cultural environment and renewed my views of art.”

Anjie Shi Graphic Design course participant

Register your interest for our summer schools


1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 & 25 March 2022

The Graphic Novel: Visual Storytelling

28 & 30 June, 5, 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21 July 2022

Contemporary Art Summer School

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

Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Theory and Practice

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

Art and Design Portfolio Preparation

FULLY BOOKED for 2021. 2022 dates to be announced.

Co-Designing Innovation

FULLY BOOKED for 2021. 2022 dates to be announced.

Interior Design: Retail Futures

2022 dates to be announced


About our summer schools

  • 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 fostering inspiration through participation and making. 
  • Real time interaction with the course convenors to exchange ideas, receive feedback and learn about the RCA's most recent case studies and practices.
  • Opportunity to collaborate and connect with an international network of peers
  • Learn to tackle real-world problems using a multidisciplinary approach
  • Develop, implement and evaluate solutions through challenge based learning

Our summer 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

We attract a global mix of participants and have welcomed over 64 different nationalities since transitioning to online delivery.

Our summer schools 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 an audio and video conferencing service
  • access resources on the College's learning platform
  • work with peers in breakout rooms in real time using visual collaboration tools.

Our experts can develop custom summer 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.

Please note that we deliver our courses exclusively online at the moment.

Please contact us to discuss developing a custom programme:

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