Drawing Year Applications

Applications are now closed.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, the Royal Drawing School are anticipating needing to make changes to the admission procedures for the Postgraduate Programme. The Drawing Year team will be in contact with applicants with any changes to the application process.

The School wants to avoid a situation in which candidates are unable to attend interviews and so we are currently looking at delaying both our selection and interview dates accordingly, we may also need to explore the possibility of conducting interviews via Skype or video call.

In the event of severe and ongoing disruption it may be necessary to delay or defer the start date of our next academic year.


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. 

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

Application and Digital Portfolio Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2020

Sketchbooks and sketchbook drop off
We require you to submit two sketchbooks to the Royal Drawing School Shoreditch as a supplement to your digital portfolio. 
The School wants to protect applicants by minimising travel implications and contact with large groups of people

Therefore:

  • Our advertised sketchbook Drop off days on 7th and 8th April will be rescheduled to a later date.
  • We ask that applicants please do not post or deliver physical sketchbooks to the School until further notice

All candidates will still have the option to submit supporting sketchbooks either in person or via post before the applications panel meet. In the event that neither of these options are possible we will also be looking into accepting sketchbooks digitally. 

The School wants to avoid a situation in which candidates are unable to attend interviews and so we are currently looking at delaying both our selection and interview dates accordingly.

 We will keep applicants up to date with any further decisions made.


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.

The School wants to avoid a situation in which candidates are unable to attend interviews and so we are currently looking at delaying both our selection and interview dates accordingly, we may also need to explore the possibility of conducting interviews via Skype or video call.

In the event of severe and ongoing disruption it may be necessary to delay or defer the start date of our next academic year.


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.