M.A. On Campus


Royal College of Art

12 months
35000 GBP/year
15000 GBP/year
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Painting from Royal College of Art  is a world-leading, studio-based MA programme with a successful record of turning out artists working at the forefront of the discipline and of international standing.  

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At Painting from Royal College of Art we foster a student to consider painting as a creative, self-reflexive, and critical activity that draws on a wealth of diverse historical, material and conceptual disciplinary resources as it thrives in the 21st century. We explore these values together as we share our practices and research while supporting your own in a collaborative culture comprised not so much by staff and students but as professional artists and peers. These activities take place across an expansive and inclusive platform that engages with current issues and debates around painting as both a medium with a deep and resourceful history and as a vibrant and invigorating contemporary art practice that brings a critical perspective to social and cultural issues that range across global cultures represented by the diversity of the cohort of RCA painting students.

Students at Painting from Royal College of Art will:

  • Evaluate, articulate and debate the intellectual and technical processes of their work and those of others in light of the critical and conceptual contexts of contemporary painting practices; 
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles and methods of research and apply these effectively in the development of their own work and practice; 
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately their practice in a variety of contexts demonstrating versatility and inclusivity with an awareness of the politics of knowledge production and discourse;

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orientations; 
  • Briefings; 
  • Personal Tutorials and Group Tutorials; 
  • Critiques; 
  • Workshops
  • Symposia
  • Technical Inductions
  • Exhibition of student work

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates must normally have obtained a good relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification.
  • Portfolio requirements
  • English-language requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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