Taught course

The Drawing Year

Prince's Drawing School · Prince's Drawing School

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually have completed a BA degree in Fine Art or a related subject, but this is not essential. Applicants fill out an application form, submit a portfolio of work and should be prepared to be interviewed if short listed. The application deadline for Academic Year 15/16 commencing in September 2015 will be March 2015. You will need to submit your completed online application form, pay the application fee of £25 and drop off your digital CD portfolio with images of ten drawings and ten other works to support your drawings, by the deadline.

Months of entry


Course content

The Drawing Year is an MA-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. The course is made up of three ten week terms with an opportunity to extend the year into a further three month studio residency as a springboard into professional practice. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free studio space in the iconic Tea Building in Shoreditch. Additional maintenance bursaries are available on application.

The course is full time. Students choose from over 38 drawing courses on offer each term and commit to a minimum of two days and one evening attendance each week. Classes are held out of house and in the Shoreditch studios and are divided into the three main areas of the School's curriculum: Drawing in the Studio, Drawing from Art, and Drawing London. In addition to a minimum of 15 taught hours each week, students also receive two tutorials each term and attend a weekly critical forum and talks and in-conversations with contemporary artists, curators and writers. Recent speakers include Michael Landy, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, David Shrigley and T.J. Clark.

During the year there are various Drawing Year workshops and opportunities for study trips within the UK and Europe. Students benefit from free access to all exhibitions at the Royal Academy for the duration of the course and unique access to the collections of Old Master drawings at Windsor.

Students are assessed by an independent board headed by Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts at the British Council, and receive a postgraduate diploma certificate. The course is overseen by an academic board chaired by Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy.

Information for international students

From March 2009, The Prince's Drawing School will not be able to sponsor students from outside the EEA, because as an independent school we will not have a UK Border Agency Tier 4 License. However, there may be circumstances wherein non-EEA nationals are eligible for visas which allow for study.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Creative work100

Course contact details

020 7613 8529