Drawing Intensive FAQs

Qs About joining the course

Q. How do I apply to the course?
There is no application requirement for this course. Students can enrol directly online or by phoning our Public Programme team. 

Q. I don’t have a BA in Fine Art. Can I still join?
Yes, the course is open to anyone who is interested in developing or already has a creative practice and feels they would benefit from a term of intensive drawing tuition and mentoring.

 I'm a beginner to drawing, is this course suitable for me? 
Yes, beginners are welcome to the Drawing Intensive term. When you sign up to the course, you can note you are a 'beginner' to drawing and we will inform the tutors. 

Q. I am disabled, is your course accessible?
We welcome anyone who would like to join the course. Our Shoreditch studios are fully accessible, with a lift to all studios and accessible toilets on each floor. 

We can arrange for adjustments to be made to teaching such as closed captions on our online courses, or seated donkey benches/ tables instead of easels in our in-person courses.

Those with visual impairments or physical access needs may find that the online course offers more flexibility as it does not involve any commuting and can provide close-up access to models when drawing. 

If you have specific needs, please let our Public Programme team know ahead of starting the course and they can do everything possible to support you.

Q. I don’t have a UK passport or live in the UK, can I still join the course?
We have an online version of the Drawing Intensive available. The benefit of the online course is that anyone from across the UK and around the world can now access it without needing a visa to study, and from anywhere with an internet connection. Please note that online courses are taught live and are not available as video recordings post-class, so students will need to take into consideration the difference in time-zone from the UK (GMT/UTC) and their own location. Courses are also taught in English and so an intermediate level of English is recommended.

If you live abroad, you can visit the UK as a Standard Visitor for tourism, business, study (courses up to 6 months) and other permitted activities. You can attend the in-person Drawing Intensive with this Standard Visitor visa. As we are not an accredited institution, we are currently unable to sponsor Student visas.

More information can be found on the UK Government website: GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Qs About the course

Q. What courses do we choose from? 
Students select from our Public short courses, choosing either from the in-person courses or the online courses. The current class schedule is available to view on the Public Courses page of our website. The course schedule differs slightly each term but will give you a flavour of what's on offer. If you need help deciding which classes would benefit you, we would be happy to advise you. Places are offered on a first come first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

Q. Can you select both in-person and online courses? 
No, you can either do all courses online or all courses in-person, we don't have the option for hybrid at the moment.

Q. What is an online drawing class like?
Our online courses are taught live over Zoom and replicate a studio environment as far as possible. Tutors interact with groups of students and one-to-one with maximum class sizes of 18. We also use Padlet, a platform on which students can access resources and share their work. Daytime courses run from 10am–5pm GMT/UTC and evening courses run from 6pm–9pm GMT/UTC. These classes are available to book on to individually if you would like to try online learning before committing to a full term. 

Q. Can I do daytime and evening courses? 
Yes - you can choose courses to suit your schedule. We do recommend three 10-week daytime courses, but you could substitute one 10-week daytime for two 10-week evenings.  

Q. What are the timings of the courses? 

  • 10am - 5pm for daytime courses for both in-person and online. 
  • 6:30 - 9pm for evening for in-house (Monday to Thursday) 
  • 6 - 8:30pm for evening, in-house (Friday)
  • 6 - 9pm for evening online courses

Q. What materials are included in the course?

A paper fee is included in the price for in-person Drawing Intensive students, and charcoal is provided in the studios for free. Any other materials you would like to use please bring with you, we will send out a suggested material list before the start of your course.  

Q. What days of the week is the Drawing Intensive?
The term is self-curated, so you choose courses on the days that suit you. Classes run on weekdays and Saturdays.  

Q. What is the difference between tutorials and mentoring sessions? 
Mentoring sessions are with the same member of faculty over the term, you see the same person half-way through the term and again at the end. Tutorials are with two different members of faculty, giving you different perspectives on your work. These sessions all take place over Zoom.  

Q. Is this a fee paying course?
Yes, the fee for the year is £1700 for in-person / £1600 for online and is paid prior to the course starting. Concessions are not available on this programme as the fee is already subsidised. If you are eligible for one of our concessions, these are available when booking individual public courses.

Q. What qualification will I receive after finishing the term?
This is a highly structured course with tuition at postgraduate-level but it is not accredited.