Who should apply?
Students at the RA Schools are a dynamic and diverse group that is representative of the breadth of contemporary art practice.
In an applicant we look for:
* A committed and evolving practice
* A commitment to focus on study and the studio over a three year period
* The capacity to be critically engaged both with your own work and with that of others
* The drive to make an active contribution to all aspects of the programme
* Engagement with the contemporary, making art now
There is no upper age limit for candidates. The current age range of artists in the RA Schools is from early-20s to late-40s. There are between 10-17 places per year.
Candidates have usually gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art or have equivalent experience. In recent years we have accepted candidates straight from BA, but the majority have spent time working independently as artists.
As of this admissions season (2023/24) we will not normally consider applications from those who have an MA.
Candidates may have exhibited in group or solo shows, but it is by no means required.
What to consider
Our programme is full-time and intensive. You will need to be in the studios and workshops making work, you will need to participate in group crits, attend tutorials, attend lectures and talks, produce two texts and work towards two shows. You may need to find time outside of this to undertake a part-time job. Paid work must be planned for outside of studio hours which are 9.30 - 17.30, Monday – Friday, term-time.
We are able to offer bursaries and materials grants and though these may only contribute a small amount towards your living costs. We will support you with applications for any other relevant funding opportunities.
We must emphasise the necessary pre-eminence of the commitment to the requirements of the RA Schools programme over other opportunities and demands. The three year programme is intended to provide the opportunity for students to step back and reflect, to give work time and thought, to take risks and be supported in doing so. It is important therefore to use the sustained time at the RA Schools as an opportunity to concentrate on the studio and other aspects of the programme.