Fees and Funding

Full scholarships 

The Royal Drawing School is committed to offering an alternative way to fund postgraduate education, helping students avoid significantly adding to any existing student debt. Every applicant 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. The scholarship covers all courses, tutorials, forums and lectures as well as some study trips and a studio space. In addition, The Drawing Year offers a significant amount of contact time with tutors as well as providing working opportunities for alumni after graduation.

The course is structured to allow students to work part-time, in the evenings and at weekends, to assist them in covering their London living costs. In the past, students have also worked full time in the lead up to starting the course, allowing them to build up their savings.

Grants and bursaries 

There are a number of grant-making trusts through which past Drawing Year students have had success in obtaining extra funding, and the School supports students as best it can by assisting with these applications. Students accepted on to the course may also apply for modest bursaries each term, which are means-tested. Should students find themselves in financial difficulty during the term, they can apply to a separate Hardship Fund for extra help with living expenses, travel and materials costs.


Drawing Year students receive discounts at most major London art shops. Students also receive free entry to all Royal Academy exhibitions.