Taught course

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Art

Royal College of Art · School of Arts and Humanities
Certificate of Participation

Entry requirements

Participants must be 21 years or over.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Type: Short Course, in-person
Start Date: 9 May 2024
Duration: 3 days, 10.00am – 5pm BST daily
Location: RCA Battersea campus, with off-site visits across London

An introduction to the fascinating world of VR/AR and how these new technologies are changing contemporary art and its institutions, delivered in collaboration with Acute Art.This short course has been designed for those interested in or curious about the intersection of VR/AR/AI and contemporary art, including its production, presentation, experience, collection and conservation.

Providing unparalleled access to globally recognised artists, designers, entrepreneurs and art world practitioners involved in the field of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and artificial intelligence (AI), this three-day course is led by John Slyce (Senior Tutor, RCA School of Humanities) and Daniel Birnbaum (Artistic Director, Acute Art). World-leading speakers will deliver each session, with site visits across London to map the production and reception of 21st century VR/AR art.
Confirmed guest contributors* you will interact with in-person or online on the 2024 programme include:
  • Es Devlin, Artist
  • Marco Brambilla, Artist
  • Refik Anadol, Artist and Designer
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator and Director of the Serpentine Gallery
  • Simon Fox, CEO, Frieze Art Fairs
  • Rodrigo Marques, CTO of Acute Art
  • Samantha King, Head of Programme for VIVE Arts (HTC)
  • Asha Easton, Immersive Tech Network LeadImmersive Tech Network Lead, Innovate UK
  • Professor Johnny Golding, Professor of Philosophy & Fine Art, RCA
  • Dr Ali Asadipour, Academic Lead, Computer Science Research Centre, RCA
  • Yuqian Sun, AI research artist and game developer, PhD candidate, Computer Science Research Centre, RCA
  • Dr Claude Dutson, Tutor (Research), Digital Direction, RCA
  • Dr Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa, Senior Tutor, Information Experience Design, RCA
  • Jack Hardiker, Tutor (Research), Digital Direction, RCA
This course will be of interst to:
  • Artists/digital makers
  • Gallerists
  • Collectors
  • Technologists
  • Those interested in digital technologies and art
  • Those interested in NFTs, blockchain and art
  • Postgraduate level students or undergraduates preparing for Master’s study
Disclaimer: The list of contributors is subject to change depending on availability.

Information for international students

English language requirement: Course participants should be proficient in spoken English and feel comfortable participating in group discussions in English.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Certificate of Participation
    part time
    0.1 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

RCA Short Courses