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Discover contemporary art and design curatorial thinking and practice, with sector leading curators, researchers and writers.

Key details


  • Early bird: £1,575 Ends 1 April 2022
  • Regular Fee: £1,750 From 2 April 2022


Live Online

10 sessions over 2 weeks

  • Week 1: 27 June – 1 July 2022
  • Week 2: 4–8 July 2022

3.5 hrs a day 10am – 1.30pm BST

Maximum 25 participants


The live online Curating Contemporary Art and Design: Theory and Practice course provides an intensive introduction to contemporary curatorial thinking and practice in art and design. It offers critical perspectives from the viewpoint of experts who curate, research and write in the cultural sector, with opportunities for participants to engage with cutting edge curatorial approaches emerging both within and beyond London.

The summer school emphasises critical thinking around curatorial theory and practice in a contemporary context. Through in-depth discussions with pioneering curators, participants are introduced to collections and displays of leading galleries and museums, nationally and internationally. In addition, the sessions consider wider forms of practice such as commissioning, programming, publishing and online curating.

Led by the School of Arts & Humanities, the course team is composed of curators, critics, researchers, historians and writers. The course combines analytical debate with practical, hands-on activities taught from the world’s leading art and design university and delivered online. As a forum for learning in a collaborative, highly dynamic atmosphere, the course also provides the opportunity to gain one-to-one support and advice from our faculty of experts and visiting speakers.

The School has been running successfully since 2016. As well as experts from the Royal College of Art, previous years have included sessions with renowned curators and researchers from Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Serpentine, Design Museum, Somerset House, the Museum of Modern Art and influential London fine art galleries and commissioners such as Eastside Projects, Open School East, Cubitt Gallery and UP Projects.

 Personal and organisational benefits

The benefits to you and your organisation include:

  • Exploring a range of fine art and design disciplines in international contexts
  • Access to curators, critics, researchers, historians and writers
  • One-to-one support and advice from the RCA's faculty of experts and visiting speakers
  • Learning in a collaborative, highly dynamic atmosphere through an interdisciplinary approach
  • Interaction and networking with international peers from different backgrounds
  • Certificate of online attendance


Course Team Names: 

Professor Victoria Walsh

Dr Rosie Ram

The information given is accurate at the time of publication, however, the RCA reserves the right to amend the described courses as circumstances dictate.

Contact short-courses@rca.ac.uk for more information.