Taught course

The Drawing Year

Royal Drawing School · Royal Drawing School

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually have completed a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art or a related subject, but this is not essential; relevant experience or qualifications will be taken into account. Applicants must fill out the application form online which includes uploading 20 images of work, and submit two sketchbooks to the School to be considered during selection. If the applicant is successful in selection they must be prepared to be interviewed and bring all works included in their digital portfolio to the School.

Months of entry


Course content

The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free studio space.

Every course offered at the School is taught at postgraduate level by distinguished artists and teachers from leading institutions including the Royal Academy, the Royal College of Art and The Slade. In addition to a minimum of 21 hours tutor contact time each week, students are also offered tutorials with visiting tutors. Recent visiting tutors include Michael Landy, Jock McFadyen RA, Celia Paul, Andrzej Jackowski, Deanna Petherbridge, Tom Hammick and Gus Cummings.

Courses at the Royal Drawing School are divided into three main areas: drawing in the studio, drawing from art, and drawing London. There are also specific courses designed to investigate the role of imagination in drawing from observation. Students are encouraged to explore all of these as they complement each other and contribute towards seeing, drawing and learning in new ways.

An end of year drawing exhibition is held in December at the Royal Drawing School's gallery in Shoreditch. Alongside the main exhibition, the school offers a Collectors Preview which is well attended by curators, collectors and critics. Last year's Preview was held at Christie's International in central London. In addition to these, students often arrange open studios where they can show other work from their studio practice.

Information for international students

Nationals of an EEA country (European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland) can enter the UK as a student with a minimum of formality; you do not require entry clearance or a visa. You may be asked to show evidence that you have been accepted on to a course, and that you have sufficient funds to support yourself whilst in the UK. You will also need your passport.

Nationals of all other countries: Since March 2009, the Royal Drawing School has not been able to sponsor students from outside the EEA. As an independent school, we do not have a UK Border Agency Tier 4 License. However, there may be unusual circumstances wherein non-EEA nationals are eligible for visas which do allow for study. It is the responsibility of interested applicants to check with local UK immigration authorities.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

All students on The Drawing Year receive a full scholarship place, which covers all tuition fees and a free studio space at Space Studios in Hackney for the duration of the year. We also offer a limited number of maintenance bursaries to help with living costs; these are means-tested and students are invited to apply after being accepted onto the course. A hardship fund is available to help students who run into financial difficulties during the year.

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 8535