How to Apply
Application period: 2 December 2013 – 3 January 2014
RA Schools Application Guidelines (122 KB)
Download an application form (128 KB)
Selection of candidates is based upon evidence of individual ability and commitment, with an emphasis on the potential for further development across the three-year tenure of the course. Students are expected to be self-motivated, resourceful and willing to make active contributions to all aspects of the programme.
Candidates must have gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art prior to admission to the Schools or have equivalent experience. If a candidate is still enrolled on their undergraduate course at the time of their application, their academic referee should indicate their predicted graduation status as part of their supporting reference.
Applications are particularly welcomed from individuals who have undertaken a year or more of independent studio practice after graduation.
To apply to the RA Schools you must pay the £35 application fee and record the invoice number in Part 1 of your application form.
Your application will not be processed if you have not completed this part of the application process.
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For more information on the RA Schools application process please see the Application Guidelines.
We welcome international applications, however as an independent organisation our only access to visas for those outside of the European Economic Area is via application to Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Route. The regulations require that applicants to Tier 1 are:
... currently engaged professionally as practitioners in their field and able to evidence a substantial or developing track record at a high level in at least one country other than their country of residence. We expect applicants to demonstrate recent and regular activity.
In addition to the other material required you will need to:
Provide two letters of endorsement (as described below), one of which must be from established arts/cultural organisations, institutions or companies and one of which may be from an eminent individual with recognised expertise in your specialist field.
Acceptable organisations or individuals would be those which are well established nationally and/or internationally and widely acknowledged as possessing expertise in their field.
PLUS two or more of the items below:
1. Two or more examples of media recognition such as articles and/or reviews from national publications or broadcasting companies in at least one country other than your country of residence. Event listings or advertisements are not acceptable.
2. Proof of having won or been nominated / shortlisted for international awards for excellence; and/or domestic awards in another country
3. Proof of exhibitions in the past three years in contexts which are internationally recognised in your field and/or evidence of international distribution and audiences for your work.
If offered a place at the RA Schools a second application will be required to the United Kingdom Borders Agency via the Arts Council UK for a Tier 1 Visa. We will support you in all aspects of this application.
For further details of the Tier 1 Exceptional promise route please see: