Royal College of Art

Course Introduction

Research degrees are aimed at emerging artists who have worked for several years since their previous studies and have begun to establish an exhibiting profile; students then develop, realise and present a defined project of contemporary art, within the context of contemporary critical discourses on art; current research activities include a significant proportion of work that extends the language of painting, placing this specialism within the 'expanded field', incorporating aspects of installation, object'making, performance and moving image; this programme is therefore able to support artists whose work is predominantly in painting, as well as those who have a practice that is informed by the medium; candidates are encouraged to investigate innovative or speculative models for research in the discipline itself and for the role of writing in relation to art making; candidates are encouraged to draw upon a wide repertoire of writing to support and develop their artwork, including artists' writings, philosophy, cultural theory, fiction, dramatic scripts; research projects that are genuinely directed by the concerns of making art, that employ art as its own theorisation, and for which writing is an element of enquiry rather than legitimisation are generally encouraged; most applicants are enrolled on to the MPhil programme, with the possibility of transfer to PhD during the second year.

Course Modules

Current research activities include a significant proportion of work that extends the language of painting, placing this specialism within the 'expanded field', incorporating aspects of installation, object'making, performance and moving image. Staff and students in Painting currently work in painting, installation, event/performance, writing and moving image.

Course Additional Entry

For MPhil: normally a good relevant undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification. For PhD: Master's degree or equivalent qualification; initial registration is usually for MPhil. Exceptionally, other qualifications may be approved, providing that the Academic Board for Concessions and Discipline (ABCD) is satisfied that the applicant has the ability to pursue the programme of research successfully. Candidates who do not speak English as their 1st language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved at least 93 in the TOEFL internet based test with an additional writing test score of TWE 24 or an IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
3 - 6 years
Part Time
MPhil £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 - 6 years
Part Time
MPhil £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £28,400  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 - 4 years
Full Time
PhD £9,500  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £27,900  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
PhD £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees