“Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it” – Banksy
WHO WE ARE
Royal Academy of Cinema & Performing Arts (RACPA) is an international film & television institute founded by the award-winning writers, directors, producers, artists and scholars from all over the world. The institute is affiliated to University of Cambridge – UK, ICA – Boston, AFI - California , Film Society of Lincoln Centre - New York, UCLA - Los Angeles.
The sole purpose of founding RACPA is to promote education about film, television and motion pictures in general, and study their impact on society. We aim to establish, care for and develop collections reflecting the moving image history and heritage of the world. We believe that cinema has the power to promote the fundamental values of humanism.
We present year-round programming that includes professional training programs, workshops, seminars, publication of research papers , premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors, major retrospectives, in-depth filmmaker talks, and high profile events. As a non-profit educational and social welfare organization, RACPA receives private funding and public membership.
Besides providing academic training in film and television, we also take the initiative to utilize films as a weapon of the pedagogy of the oppressed as well as alternative media for people. Our Tour de Cinema initiative travels across several remote places of the country, on invitation from civil society groups, unions, and other democratic platforms, with films and social awareness videos.
We take the initiative to educate children and young adults through film, for which we travel across schools, neighborhoods, and communities, screening films that invite our young friends to imagine, ponder, question and seek answers to things around them. We are also exploring the possibilities of building a functional web-based alternative media highlighting and amplifying voices of the working class people and run by volunteers.
EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND A DEEP LINK WITH SOCIETY
The mission of Royal Academy of Cinema & Performing Arts is to develop a culture through film studies that inspire and brings together cross-cultural innovations which enrich people’s lives with entertainment and services that inform, educate and entertain. We believe that a story driven by a genuine expression can stimulate new thoughts that have the power to promote the fundamental principles of humanism; expand creative frontiers; stimulate new levels of compassion, and even lead to social change.
RACPA is committed to the educational excellence, and it has a deep link to society. Our mission is to inspire a new community of creative screen professionals, educating them in the technological world of story-telling across multiple devices. The organization best equips its graduates for successful careers by putting industry at the heart of everything we do. Our goal is to build the greatest film school of its type in the world, allowing students to pass seamlessly into work, using our experience to help businesses adapt and change in the ever-changing multichannel world.
RACPA’s mission as an educational institution is to provide students with a practical, high-quality learning experience grounded in professional industry practice and preparation. Through our course provision, we equip students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to prepare them for successful careers within the screen industries. We seek to foster an inclusive environment in which creative, mature, focused, and considerate individuals are valued as members of a dynamic community. We believe collaboration is the bedrock of professional practice that reflects in the creative screen industries, and students are required to treat each other with respect and to work together professionally.
We aim to support student learning and personal development actively, respecting the rights and dignity of others, within an atmosphere that encourages creativity, intellectual rigor and freedom of expression. We expect our students to demonstrate an open-mindedness that fuels innovation, and a passion that drives them to excellence in everything they do.
UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL APPROACH
RACPA has taken the lead in education for all screens by bringing learning into an industry setting while encouraging aspirational storytelling. Our goal is to select students with the passion and tenacity to succeed in the creative industries and to prepare them for the world of production into which they progress, from the big screen to small.
Students are imbued with passion and pragmatism, and their education is complemented with:
- Location in an inspirational working studio with contemporary significance
- Inspirational role model tutors who are industry practitioners
- A curriculum that ranges from social video, branded content, to television and feature film development
- An innovative graduate opportunity programme
Royal Academy of Cinema & Performing Arts is committed to the values of equality, diversity, fairness, academic and personal integrity, collegiality, ethical behavior, and welfare of individuals within the community.
To achieve these values, we call upon students and staff to carry out their activities in an environment of mutual respect, inclusion, professional practice, and a positive attitude towards work. RACPA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for students and staff from all backgrounds, and nurturing an environment which is free from discrimination based on race, disability, gender, age, religion, belief, sexual orientation, or gender reassignment. To foster a stimulating, exciting and rewarding environment, the school has established a clear set of expectations for students and staff.
INSPIRE: We live what we teach and lead by example.
DEEP PRACTICE: A curriculum built on industry practice, reflection, and enterprise.
DEVELOPING ATTITUDE AND VOICE: Educating professional creatives and creative professionals.
DRIVING ENTREPRENEURIALISM AND EMPLOYABILITY: Generating graduates who are smart and creative equally at home in creating content for the big screen or the mobile phone.
EXCELLENCE: We want and expect our graduates to succeed in the industry, and they do.