Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process will consider 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.
The application procedure focuses on searching out those candidates that are highly motivated, independent and demonstrate they have the critical skills necessary to develop and further their existing ideas. In short, those artists that – given the opportunity to join the Painting programme – would utilise their time with us to the full, and have the generosity to support their fellow students.
Applications for the September 2022 intake are now open. Visit the RCA website for details on entry requirements, the application process and key admissions dates.
Our Graduate Diploma Art & Design (pre-master's conversion) course can provide a means to progress to this programme on completion.
Months of entry
Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for seven consecutive years (2015-2021) in the QS World University Subject Rankings. Painting at the RCA is a world-leading, studio-based MA programme with a successful record of turning out artists working at the forefront of the discipline and of international standing.
Through our innovative approaches to teaching and learning we foster a student to consider painting as a creative, self-reflexive, and critical activity that draws on a wealth of diverse historical, material and conceptual disciplinary resources as it thrives in the 21st century.
Through our innovative approaches to teaching and learning we foster a student to consider painting as a creative, self-reflexive, and critical activity that draws on a wealth of diverse historical, material and conceptual disciplinary resources as it thrives in the 21st century.The MA Painting staff is comprised of full time working artists and diverse, accomplished visiting artists of international standing, who work across a diverse range of media, each with a specialist research focus within the discipline.
We support the development of your professional practice, as your skills progress in making and presenting work through different modes, to professional and public audiences, within and beyond the institutional frame.
Online Open Day
To find out more about this programme, watch the replay of our Online Open Day from 6 November, 2021.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- RCA Student Recruitment