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Present Futures 2023

The Graphic Novel: Visual Storytelling

1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 & 23 July 2024 (online)

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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

Contemporary Art Summer School

22 July – 9 August 2024 (online)

Applications open

“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

Architecture Summer School

15–19 July 2024 (in person)


"An intense and immersive architecture & interior design summer school offering design studio experience, visits, lectures and skills training."

Sabrina Morreale and Lorenzo Perri, Short Course Leaders

Art and Design Portfolio Development

27, 28 & 29 June, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 July 2024 (online)

Fully booked - register your interest

“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


4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 & 28 June 2024 (online)

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“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

Curating Contemporary Art and Design

8–19 July 2024 (online)

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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.”

Linda Rocco, Short Course Convenor

Present Futures: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Art

9, 10 & 13 May 2024 (in person)

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"Like no other course offered by an art school, this five-day collaboration between Acute Art and the RCA will offer tools to navigate the art world of tomorrow."

Daniel Birnbaum, Short Course Leader

Editorial Design

7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 & 31 May 2024 (online)

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“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

Register your interest for our summer schools

About our summer schools

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

In Academic Year 2023/24 we continue to deliver short courses live online and on campus.

Royal College of Art summer schools 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 who 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 either in person on campus, or organised in synchronous sessions in a live virtual environment.

The delivery of online courses is rigorous and highly interactive.

In online short courses, participants:

  • 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 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 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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Short Courses team