This course concentrates on sculpting and drawing the human head. It will proceed carefully through the elements that are involved in the construction of a sculpted portrait such as likeness, history, expression, personality, caricature, characterisation, movement and what gives life to inanimate modelling material. Students will look at how the sculpted portrait operates as both a representation and a diverse cultural icon. We will work with one portrait model for over half of the course, anchoring our understanding in a slow and carefully built life-sized sculpture. This will be supported by drawing and subsidiary sculptures. By the end of the course, each student will leave with not only a sculpted life-sized portrait, but a series of smaller finished heads as well as drawings and sculptural studies. This course is designed for both beginners who do not have great experience in sculpture, as well as experienced artists.


Full-time BA students studying for a degree in Fine Art receive up to a 75% discount. Those studying on design or applied arts degrees may also be eligible on a case-by-case basis. Student ID and proof of enrollment must be submitted.

Full-time practising fine artists under 40 years of age in need of financial help may apply for a 75% discount on a maximum of two courses; applicants must submit a portfolio of ten drawings and fill in an application form which can be downloaded from the website. Please find the submissions dates here. Please contact the office in advance of submitting your application to reserve a place on your chosen course and check the portfolio submission dates. 

Primary and secondary school teachers who teach art receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof in the form of a letter from their head teacher or the head of the art department.

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently on the job seekers register.

Postgraduate alumni of the Royal Drawing School receive a 50% discount. 

Individuals who receive disability support are eligible for a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently receiving this allowance.

Tower Hamlet and Hackney residents are eligible for a 25% discount; to apply participants must show proof of living in these boroughs. 

Individuals over the age of 60 may apply for a 10% discount.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.