MA Contemporary Art Practice (Critical Practice, Moving Image, Performance and Public Sphere)

General

Program Description

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for six consecutive years (2015-2020) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

About the Programme

The Contemporary Art Practice programme offers a discursive environment in which to discuss contemporary issues for thinking about, making and displaying fine art. We deliver this via four pathways: Critical Practice, Moving Image, Performance and Public Sphere.

Our approach to Contemporary Art Practice is not determined by either technology or material, although you’ll be expected to utilise the appropriate technical means to make your works. You’ll have access to College-wide technical workshops according to academic need, as well as all facilities within the School of Arts & Humanities.

We offer a discursive environment in which to discuss contemporary issues for thinking about, making and displaying fine art supported by individual tutorials, seminars and cross-pathway crits. You’ll have had a flexible studio space that can be used collectively or individually and access to a range of technical facilities and opportunities to contribute to exhibitions, projects, overseas travel and international exchanges (including Paris and Kyoto).

When applying for this programme, you select one of these specialist pathways.

Critical Practice: Extend and develop the critical dimensions of your practice

Moving Image: Documentary, abstract film, and script-driven narrative cinema

Performance: Clarifying what making performances means as a whole or as part of a broader working practice

Public Sphere: Furthering understanding of art’s social function

Show 2019: Installation view

Entry Requirements

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process considers creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall.

Candidates are generally expected to have a good BA degree from a fine art course. You should be able to demonstrate an original and critical approach to fine art as well as an ability to engage with current theories of art and culture that inform their practice.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art is the most influential, wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world.

Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art is the most influential, wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world. Read less