Contemporary Art Summer School (Online), Short Course | Part time online | Royal College of Art | United Kingdom
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Contemporary Art Summer School (Online)

21 days
2400 GBP/full
2400 GBP/full
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A practice-led online introduction to the study and practice of contemporary art, structured around the development of your own self-motivated individual project with the expert guidance of Despina Zacharopoulou.


The Contemporary Art Summer School, led by performance artist and academic researcher Despina Zacharopoulou since 2017, examines the rich array of positions, methods and materials that artists use, as well as exploring the questions raised by contemporary art and its production.This three-week, online, practice-led short course provides a supportive environment for self-led independent practice and introduces participants to the study of contemporary art within the academic environment of the Royal College of Art.

Taught online by RCA staff and supported by a broad range of prominent artists, academics, critics and curators, the course provides participants with the opportunity to develop their individual practice within an interdisciplinary, collaborative atmosphere.

You will:

  • expand your practice and knowledge on contemporary art through workshops, lectures, film screenings, tutorials and group crits
  • improve your presentation and discussion skills while presenting your work to RCA staff, visiting artists, and academics, in a professional and diverse environment
  • receive feedback and practical advice from RCA staff and experts in contemporary art
  • develop your work under the supervision of the course leader
  • get dedicated time for independent study in your own space
  • benefit from professional online technical support to develop your practice

Programme Structure

Learning takes place in 13 live four-hour sessions over a three-week period.


Despina Zacharopoulou is a London-based Greek performance artist and academic researcher supported by the Onassis Foundation. Despina has been the academic leader of the RCA Contemporary Art Summer School since 2017, while also leading school groups, tutorials and crits at the RCA MA programs since 2016.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 21 days

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Participants are advised to apply early to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To apply, please complete our online application form from the course webpage.

Technological requirements

RCA online courses are organised in synchronous sessions in a live virtual environment that combines various digital platforms and tools.For this particular course the main tool of online delivery will be the Zoom Platform

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2400 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2400 GBP for the full programme during 21 days.
  • National

    2400 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2400 GBP for the full programme during 21 days.


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