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  • The RA Schools today

    Founded in 1769, the RA Schools remain an independent contemporary fine art school to this day. Each year, the RA Schools offer up to 17 artists the opportunity to participate in an intense three-year post-graduate programme, offering free tuition and studio space in central London. As we approach the RA Schools’ 250th birthday, we remain committed to providing an open, informed and critical environment in which to support the next generation of artists.


    • See these works up close

      The Making of an Artist: Learning to draw

      Many of the works featured above are on display in the Vaults, which lie hidden beneath the Royal Academy’s Main Galleries. This free display traces a path of artistic teaching at the Royal Academy, from the past to the present, including a display on the life of John Millais RA and a giant cast of the Farnese Hercules.

      The Vaults

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