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Application deadline: 31 March 2020

Applying for The Drawing Year: 
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 are expected to show a strong portfolio of work demonstrating a commitment to drawing and a level of artistic professionalism appropriate for study at MA-level.

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 (please read the detailed the detailed guidelines below). 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. 

  • Application and Digital Portfolio Deadline: 31 March 2020

We must receive your completed online application form, digital images and fee of £25 by 12pm (midday) on 31st March 2020. 

  • Sketchbook Drop off Deadline: 7 & 8 April 2020

We require you to submit two sketchbooks to the Royal Drawing School Shoreditch as a supplement to your digital portfolio. You must drop off your sketchbooks to the School on the 7th and 8th April 2020. You may also post your sketchbooks, to arrive no later than the 7th April 2020. Please do not submit your sketchbooks to arrive before these dates.

As a part of your application form you must upload 20 images consisting of:
10 Drawings - done in dry media, ink or watercolour
10 Additional Works - these can be work done in any media you choose

Images should be saved as jpegs or png files, no larger than 200dpi and maximum 4MB per image file. Please ensure images are of good quality. These works must have been created within the past three years.

Animators may submit short video files or a combination of video and 2D images of work within their Additional Works. Please limit each video file to 2 minutes/8MB.

Every image must be labelled in the following way:
Title of Work_Dimensions_Medium.jpeg 

i.e. Untitled_25x25_CharcoalOnPaper.jpeg (dimensions should be calculated in centimetres)

Please be prepared to bring these works along with further sketchbooks to the interview if you are shortlisted.

We cannot accept your sketchbooks unless we have received your application form, 20 uploaded images and fee by midday on Tuesday 31st March 2020.
Applicants will be notified whether they have been shortlisted for interview in late April. Interviews will be held in May 2020 for shortlisted candidates. We will contact all interviewees by June 2020 to let them know whether or not they have been offered a place. If you are unsuccessful in your application, please be prepared to collect your sketchbooks at the end of May. 

All successful candidates have their tuition fees paid and will be offered the opportunity to apply for an additional maintenance bursary. Unfortunately we cannot offer deferrals to successful candidates.

Please note that we do not give feedback on unsuccessful applications. 

Information for non-UK passport holders:
EU/EEA Nationals can apply to the Drawing Year for entry in 2020-21. Nationals of an EU/EEA country (European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland) applying for entry in 2020-21 can live in the UK through the EU Settlement Scheme



Please note: Due to ongoing political negotiations, we are unable to confirm whether we will be able to accept students from the EU/EEA in following years.  

Nationals of all other countries: Regrettably we are not able to consider applications from international students who are not eligible for a UK visa. 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 for this course, therefore students on the Drawing Year cannot apply for a TIER 4 (General) student visa with us. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements with the UK Border Agency for permission to study in the UK.

For more info: www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas

If you would like to know more about The Drawing Year, book on to an Open Day here.