The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA) is primarily founded upon the post-graduate Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts Programme (VITA), which was originally established at the Royal College of Art in 1984. VITA transferred to The Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in 1993 which itself subsequently became incorporated into The Prince’s Foundation in 2000.
The PSTA was initiated as a separate charity in April 2004 and, like VITA, is located at the Prince’s Foundation premises in Charlotte Road, Shoreditch. HRH The Prince of Wales has specially appointed a body of Trustees who will bring new ideas, support and momentum to the new School.
The intention is that the PSTA’s activities will be expanded beyond the core VITA curriculum. Hopefully, these will include the following:
(a) Further contact with Muslim communities in order to help, in particular, younger people to re-discover and re-assess their own cultural heritage within modern-day Britain;
(b) Establish vocational courses to teach craft skills, which are no longer, taught in many art colleges;
(c) Develop design and architectural projects as well as consultancy work with outside bodies;
(d) Develop further links with other institutions and universities, especially overseas in the Arab and Asian worlds;
(e) Finally, a publications programme is also on the agenda.