MA in Critical Writing in Art & Design
Launched in October 2010, the Critical Writing in Art & Design programme is an exciting new development at the RCA. We offer MA and research students an opportunity to explore new ways of writing about contemporary art and design at a time when the media is undergoing considerable change. The programme has been built on the idea that writing and criticism are creative practices in their own right, with their own techniques, ethics and technologies. Taught by leading critics, editors and writers and working alongside artists and designers in the studio-based courses at the RCA, students will graduate with the skills and knowledge required to pursue successful careers in the arts.
In October 2010 the RCA launched a new MA programme in Critical Writing in Art & Design. The postgraduate programme has been designed to develop the literary and intellectual skills required for art and design criticism in an age of rapid technological and cultural change. More new books, magazines and journals – online and in print – are being published than ever before, many exploring experimental and new approaches to writing about art and design. At the same time, media, the gallery, the studio and the practice of writing itself are being transformed by the deep penetration of new technologies into all aspects of our lives.
This full-time, two-year MA explores different aspects of writing about and for contemporary art and design. On joining the programme, students will be encouraged to develop specialist knowledge of a field of art, design, architecture, fashion or the applied arts. They will follow a common programme of classes designed to develop their skills as writers, editors and thinkers. On graduation, Critical Writing in Art & Design students will have written many different kinds of texts, produced actual publications and shaped their own individual major project.
The programme offers:
- a curriculum based on workshops and seminars with students working closely with a dedicated staff team
- facilities include a ‘writing studio’ exclusively for the use of students on the programme, equipped with film and sound editing facilities
- visiting tutors including leading figures in television, radio, online and print media as well as artists and critics
- workshops and joint-projects with MA students in the studio-based programme at the RCA
- the opportunity for students to realise ‘live’ projects, producing their own publication
- opportunities to collaborate with galleries, museums and studios in London and further afield.
Last updated December 22, 2015