In her 2011 novel, My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante describes how a pair of youths divert from tradition to make a luxury shoe in secret, changing the shoe-mending family’s fortunes in a way that is revolutionary. From a life of hardship, they quickly survive and prosper as the fashion industry began to aide Italy’s post-war recovery. Fashion designer Mary Quant, currently showing at the V&A, changed our lives in the sixties, along with Bridget Riley and the Pop Art movement; clothes changed class identities, cultural ideas and livened up London forever. Then and now, we reinvent ourselves through dress. Clothes are signifiers, a code that presents us to the world, and drawing them is harder than you might think; it’s harder than life drawing - you must attend to fold, seam, and the fabrics texture warp and weft. In most cases, our models are dressed in outfits inspired by the paintings we love (or create). This course is lively and dynamic; dancers dance, sometimes a musician, dressed for the part, plays for us. We do many quick drawings then often will settle into a long days’ pose.

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.