Over the past few decades, the
importance of theory in art education has continually increased. The impact of
conceptual art from the 1960’s and 70’s has placed a new emphasis on the role
of thought in the artistic process. Visual artists/designers increasingly
present themselves as researchers. The past twenty years have seen changes as a
result of the information revolution that have created a new set of demands for
visual artists/designers. They are expected to effectively present and
represent themselves culturally and socially.
Theory education at the Royal Academy of Art therefore focuses on the
- The stimulation of critical (self-)reflection
and the undertaking of research.
- Providing insight into the complex tension
between theory and practice, language and image.
- The development of communicative abilities, both
verbally and in writing. The contemporary visual artist/designer is not only
expected to position and articulate his/her work in a broader context, he/she
must also be able to explain the relevance of art and design for society.
- The knowledge of, and reflection on, the field
of art and the artist’s/designer’s position in the cultural and social field.
- The development of a theoretical approach to the
work and of tools for critical thinking.
- The development of research skills.
- The stimulation of the exploration of an art
historical and discipline-specific context.