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Curating Contemporary Art Summer School

Curating Contemporary Art and Design

27 June – 8 July 2022

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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. The dynamic two-week programme is delivered by leading curators and cultural practitioners who offer stimulating opportunities to engage with the very latest developments and debates in curatorial thinking and practice from across the fields of contemporary art and design.” Dr Rosie Ram, Short Course Leader

Art and Design Portfolio Development

7 July – 23 July 2022 (online)

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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. A successful portfolio is the manifestation of a clarity in understanding where one’s practice is situated and how it is positioned.” Richard Nash, Short Course Leader

Creative Reuse in Architecture and Interior Design

4 July – 7 July 2022 (online)

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"In a time of climate breakdown, making the most of the resources available to us in inventive ways is an imperative strategy for the future of city design and urbanism, architectural and interior design." Professor Graeme Brooker

Architecture Summer School

8 – 15 July 2022 (on campus)

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"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

Contemporary Art Summer School

18 July – 5 August 2022 (online)

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“This course offers the unique opportunity to look at your practice differently. I really push students to get out of their comfort zone, to shatter their certainties. 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


We have been running summer schools at the RCA for more than 5 years and have attracted a global mix of participants from over 60 countries.

In 2022 we continue to deliver short courses online as rich synchronous sessions in a live virtual environment.

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About our summer schools

Royal College of Art summer schools from June to August 2022 attract a global mix of artists, critical thinkers, curators and writers from over 60 countries. The RCA was recently ranked number one university for art and design for the eighth consecutive academic year in the QS World University Rankings.

We provide unparalleled opportunities to access teaching, researchers, guest practitioners and facilities, as well as collaborate and connect with an international network of peers.

The short courses reflect the college’s unique studio-based learning philosophy with small class sizes, practical group work, rich interaction between students and academics, enhanced peer-to-peer networking and a certificate of achievement on completion.

Whether you’re looking for a step-change in your career, transforming your practice with world class thought-leaders, or are considering embarking on one of our MA Programmes, the summer schools offer a snapshot of studying at the College.

Previous students that have completed the summer schools have gone on to successfully apply to study on the Graduate Diploma and MA-Level courses at the RCA.

  • Advanced level lectures and seminars from RCA academic faculty.
  • Notable guest speakers and professional practitioners connected to industry.
  • Real time interaction with the RCA 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 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

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 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.

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
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Jo Chounta Executive Education Coordinator