The Drawing Year

One-year postgraduate-level course | No fees | Free studio space

  • Postgrad 2


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


  • Drawing at The British Museum


    Courses at the Royal Drawing School are divided into three main areas: Drawing in the Studio, Drawing from Art and Drawing London. The programme is full time and made up of three taught ten-week terms, and a final self-directed studio term culminating in an end of year show and open studios. As well as taught classes every week, students attend a Wednesday Core Programme day, evening forums and lectures, alongside personal studio practice days. 

  • SPACE studios


    Our Shoreditch campus is located in a converted warehouse at the heart of East London’s art, design and fashion district. There are two spacious, well-lit drawing studios on the top floor, a fully-equipped intaglio print studio, a reference art library, and a ground floor multipurpose studios and large exhibitions space. Individual studios for Drawing Year students are situated at Space Studios in Hackney, a short journey from the Royal Drawing School.


  • The Drawing Year 2024-25


    Applicants for The Drawing Year will usually have completed a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art or a related subject, but this is not essential. Places are awarded based on portfolio and interview. Applicants are expected to show a strong portfolio of work demonstrating a commitment to drawing and a level of artistic professionalism appropriate for study at postgraduate level. Applications for The Drawing Year 2025-26 open in November 2024.

    Drawing Year Applications


Deanio X

"Although I enjoy working independently, I am glad to have got to know the different perspectives of the other 29 artists over the course of the year who all came from different backgrounds."

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"Using the most limited of means, drawing offers some of the most demanding opportunities for growth to a contemporary artist, both visually and intellectually, allowing a free transition between mediums."

Letter from the Founding Artistic Director