To enable students to take ownership of their artistic practices within a critical and supportive environment.
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* The application procedure focuses on searching out those candidates that are highly motivated, independent and demonstrate they have the critical skills necessary to develop and further their existing ideas. In short, those artists that – given the opportunity to join the Painting course – would utilise their time with us to the full, and have the generosity to support their fellow students. * Students apply from all kinds of backgrounds, but generally having completed a BA degree. ...
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During the two-year MA all the students are given the opportunity to exhibit twice in the College galleries, once as a work-in-progress show at the end of the first term and then towards the end of their second year as part of the final Summer Show. Students are encouraged and actively supported when exhibiting outside the College. However whilst they are students in the Painting Department, we request that they do not enter into a contract with a gallery or agent.
Visits, Exchanges and Placements
Students are encouraged to make overseas trips to visit exhibitions or museums containing work relevant to their own; various travelling awards are designed to assist in this. The department organises an annual study trip to a city of major cultural significance for all MA and research students. There are places for two students to take up residence for three months in our Paris studio. There are also exchange trips for students to travel to and work in Canada, Pennsylvania, and Ireland. Students are expected to participate in the organisation of exhibitions generated by the course, in particular the work-in-progress show.
During the second year each student is requested to formally present their work to the whole Painting Department and then are sent out to give lectures and tutorials in colleges and universities up and down the country.
Critical & Historical Studies
As part of the experience of being at the RCA, all MA students, except those in the School of Humanities, attend a programme of lectures organised by the Department of Critical & Historical Studies during their first year at the College. This work culminates in the submission of a dissertation, which is a requirement for all MA students.
The Painting Department supports career development by tailoring professional practice provision for students to the culture of the discipline. Information, training and advice on work and life skills are also available centrally through FuelRCA.
- The application procedure focuses on searching out those candidates that are highly motivated, independent and demonstrate they have the critical skills necessary to develop and further their existing ideas. In short, those artists that – given the opportunity to join the Painting course – would utilise their time with us to the full, and have the generosity to support their fellow students.
- Students apply from all kinds of backgrounds, but generally having completed a BA degree. In recent years, people have come from fine art, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photo media, conservation, illustration, design, textiles, architecture, art history and interactive arts courses.
- While many students enter the course after years of independent work, we also accept students directly from undergraduate courses.
Portfolio submissions will be accepted in the following format only:
- 10 digital images in jpeg format with the following dimensions:
- Width: no larger than 30cm.
- Height: no larger than 26cm.
- All images must be of 72 dpi (dots per inch) resolution – please re-size all images appropriately.
- All image files must be saved as .jpg format.
- All images must be titled 01.jpg – 10.jpg (i.e. 01, 02, 03 …10)
- The numbered images must then be saved to a folder titled with the applicant’s name and burned to a CD-ROM clearly labelled, using permanent marker only (no sticky labels) with the applicant’s full name.
- No actual paintings, portfolios, photographs, slides, DVDs/videos should be submitted at this stage. For the portfolio submission, only still images of time-based works will be considered. If invited to interview then these works will be viewed.
- Submission of any material in any other format than the requested jpegs will invalidate your application.
- The 10 images of your work should include, if possible, a few examples of earlier as well as recent works.
- Each image should have all the relevant information (i.e. date, size, medium, title) on the image list. Please note the that we will only accept 10 images.
- We do not consider any late applications.
- Please note that discs will not be returned.
Interview (if invited)
- You will be asked to bring up to four works with dimensions not exceeding 2 metres by 2.5 metres, or up to six works if their average size is considerably less.
- In addition, you should bring a portfolio to the interview containing an edited selection of work, which may include drawings in any media, any other work on paper and photographs. Sketchbooks and notebooks may also be included, but should be limited to those that are relevant to recent work.
- If you would like to bring any time-based works please notify us of the format in advance of the interview.
- All work must be taken away after the interview.