Taught course

The Drawing Year

Royal Drawing School · Royal Drawing School

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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, David Dawson.

Fees and funding

The Royal Drawing School is committed to offering an alternative way to fund postgraduate education, helping students avoid significantly adding to their existing debt. Every applicant that is offered a place on The Drawing Year receives a full scholarship and has their tuition fees paid for the year; this does not have to be repaid.

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

020 7613 8534