Royal Academy Schools

The Royal Academy Schools has been a key part of the Royal Academy of Arts since its inception in 1768. As an independent, postgraduate school of contemporary fine art, we welcome artists working in all media and representing a diverse range of approaches. Students work closely with each other, with an emphasis on constructive critique and peer learning. A key principle is that our programme is free of charge to every artist that is offered a place.

The Royal Academy Schools thrives on the commitment and intellectual inquiry of its students. Our aim is to provide an environment in which artists at postgraduate level can test out and re-evaluate their practice. The programme is full-time, with lectures, group critiques, tutorials and artist talks each week and access to workshops supporting a range of contemporary art processes and one-to-one support in the development of new work.

A total of 40-51 places are available at the RA Schools at any one time, set across three year groups. The high tutor/student ratio ensures that the individual art practice is subject to in-depth and sustained discussion with a variety of lecturers and visiting artists. The comparatively small size of the RA Schools also allows us to be in a constant state of evolution, the programme is inflected by the contribution and experience of our participants whose ideas and interests are at its heart.