RHA School is delighted to announce a new partnership with Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin to deliver a continuous professional development course in painting and drawing. RHA School will continue to deliver our courses in modular form. Each module will now carry an award of 5 credits and students will receive a minor diploma of 30 credits when they have completed all 6 modules. This is the equivalent of one semester on a level 8, degree course. TU Dublin will accredit the module and the programme will be subject to the quality assurance and exam regulations of TU Dublin. The CPD Diploma in Painting and Drawing, Technological University Dublin, Minor Award with a NQF Level: 8 will commence September, 2019. Students can complete all 6 modules over the course of one academic year or complete separate modules over the course of a number of years.

This is a significant and strategic development for the RHA School, which enables the school to deliver our programme in higher learning, and will provide RHA School students with the validation to recognise their learning and continue their educational pathway and development in the visual arts. This is a significant and exciting step for the RHA School and builds on the dedication of previous RHA School Principals Mick O’Dea PPRHA and Joe Dunne RHA in establishing the RHA School’s activities and presence.

“The Dublin School of Creative Arts,TU Dublin is delighted to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the RHA School launching a new educational partnership. The accreditation of a new CPD Diploma in Painting and Drawing is the first tangible result of this partnership and we are looking forward to working with the RHA on a number of new initiatives over the next 5 years”. Kieran Corcoran, Head of Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin

Mission Statement

The RHA School is a purpose built facility within the RHA Gallery consisting of individual studios, open plan drawing studios and a library. It is an artist-led space for the provision of skill based learning in Visual Art. Central to the RHA Schools activity is peer learning where knowledge and experience can be passed from artist to artist. The RHA School supports both traditional and contemporary approaches to art making and its offerings aim to enhance the skill set of artists working in the varied and shifting arena of current art practice.

The RHA School is for professional artists who wish to up-skill or re-engage with their practice, third level students who wish develop and practice skills in drawing, painting and creative use of materials. It is also for professional artists who wish to acquire specialised knowledge.The RHA School responds to these aims with a varied programme that includes drawing groups, residencies, workshops, masterclasses, seminars and public lectures.


The new facilities in Ely Place, which are an addition to the existing gallery spaces in the RHA consists of two large open plan spaces, four studios, communal kitchen and a library. All spaces have north facing light and are designed specifically for the purpose of working artists. The open plan spaces are available for skill based learning and peer learning while the studios accommodate various residency programmes including Avolon Global International Residency, Fingal Arts residency and a recent Graduate Award residency. In addition to these spaces, RHA School administer an off-site residency in Callan specifically for painters.