The Schools is an integral part of Burlington House, primarily known for the galleries of the Royal Academy. The Schools comprises purpose-built studios, predominantly all on ground level, allowing easy access for delivery of materials, moving work etc. The studios have excellent natural light, with high, vaulted ceilings. Studios are organised to allow as much flexibility as possible and to encourage an open-plan approach to the available space.
The sculpture and wood workshops are co-ordinated and run on a daily basis by the Head of Workshop who offers technical expertise in most sculptural media, in addition to advising on the production of stretchers for painting. The sculpture workshop includes a compressor with a range of air tools, mig, arc and spot welding, plasma cutter, metal cut-off saw, oxyacetylene hot rubber melting machine, pug mill, and walk-in spray booth. The wood workshop has circular saws, fret, band and vertical cutters in addition to a linesher, tenoner, morticer and Morso mitre cutter.
Printmaking facilities enable work in a range of traditional techniques including etching and silkscreen printing, as well as the latest digital printing technology, using archival inks. The Digital Media Suite has workstations with Apple Mac computers for graphics as well as for time. The Digital Media Suite also facilitates the digital printmaking facilities. In addition, there is a small darkroom available for making black-and-white prints. A variety of photographic and video equipment is available to students on a loan booking system. A project space is available for short-term bookings to facilitate projects that need more room outside of the open-plan studio spaces.
Wireless broadband access to the Internet is available in the majority of the Schools studios.
A subsidised canteen provides freshly prepared meals - breakfast and lunch - on a daily basis, Monday to Friday. The Schools bar, which is run by students, opens daily between 6 and 8pm.
Access to studios
During term-time, access to the studios is as follows:
8.00 am– 9.00 pm Monday to Friday
11.00 am – 4 pm Saturday
Sunday – closed
During the period leading to the opening of the Schools Show, there is Sunday opening and the weekday opening hours are extended until 10pm Monday-Friday.
The Royal Academy’s art collection and library house a comprehensive collection of books, exhibition catalogues, monographs and periodicals on international contemporary and historical art. Publications on any subject related to practice or research needs can be obtained on inter-library loan.
Students also have access to the special library collections, which include examples of early-printed and illustrated books, as well as the permanent collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and photographs.
Contact details for further information
Telephone +44 (0)20 7300 5650