Scholarships & Fees

The Royal Drawing School is committed to making all courses affordable and available to the widest range of students regardless of background or circumstance. The Foundation Year awards a limited number of students a scholarship or fee reduction every year. 

Scholarships and fee reductions are means tested with personal circumstances and artistic merit taken into account. Applications for both scholarships and fee reductions form part of the course application process.

Places on the course are offered to students who have an affinity with drawing and the curiosity to explore the world around them through drawing from observation. Students will show an ongoing dedication to their art practice and a desire to improve their skills in industrious and creative environment. They will have a passion for the visual arts, an interest in new ways of learning and the ambition to pursue a career in the creative industries. 


Students awarded a full scholarship pay no course fee and receive a bursary for travel and materials costs and a student support allowance. We accept scholarship applications from students who have attended a state school in any London borough. However, special consideration is given to students who have attended a state school in the boroughs local to Trinity Buoy Wharf: Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney.


For those who can afford it, the course is fee-paying. Fees for domestic students for 2021/22 are £7,250.00. If you cannot afford the full fees and do not qualify for a full scholarship, you can apply for a reduction of between 25% to 75% off the full fee, depending on circumstance, during the application process.

Domestic fees should be paid in full within 10 days of a formal written offer, this includes a non-refundable administration fee of £450. Refunds are not given once the course has started unless in approved extenuating circumstances (see Extenuating Circumstances Policy). A refund of 75% of the course fee (excluding the administration fee) can be arranged if the applicant withdraws before the 1st August. A refund of 50% of the course fee (excluding the administration fee) can be arranged if the applicant withdraws before the 1st September. 

For fees for international students visit the Immigration, Visas & Fees page in the International Applications section.

Students applying for either a fee reduction or a full scholarship will be asked to provide further documentation and information demonstrating their suitability once their application has been received.