School leavers

Courses for ages 18 - 19 who want to develop their creative skills.

The Royal Drawing School runs a number of programmes suitable for school leavers (primarily 18 and 19 years old), both in person from our Shoreditch studios in East London and online, accessible from home.

Drawing Intensive

This three-month programme runs every term and is designed for students who want to develop their creative practice. Designed to be structured yet flexible, students curate their own programme from a range of available term-time courses and receive individual feedback and support through one-to-one tutorials and mentoring sessions. It is an ideal course for students looking to build their portfolio and strengthen their artistic voice in preparation for applications to further education including foundation and undergraduate degrees. This course is also perfect for students who already have a place at university, either in an arts or non-arts subject, and would like to dedicate some time to their practice before starting their degree. Drawing Intensive takes place both online and in-person. 

Find out more about the Drawing Intensive here.

View our Summer Term courses here - all are open to students 18 years and above.

Portfolio Preparation Course

This 2-week intensive course for students aged 16-18 is part of the Young Artists Summer School and runs in August, it is specifically designed for those considering applying to art school. The portfolio is an essential part of all applications to degrees and careers in the creative industries, from Fine Art, Graphic Design and Illustration to Filmmaking, Animation and Architecture, and students receive individual advice and feedback on portfolio preparation. The courses uses observational drawing as a starting point to develop students’ creative process, problem solving, idea generation, contextual knowledge and self-expression.  As well as encouraging discussion and group critique, each student will have a taste of the authentic art school experience, encouraged to experiment with a range of media and techniques, whilst developing research skills to bridge the gap between school/college and university over the summer holidays. 

Find out more about our Portfolio Preparation Course here.

Bookings for the Portfolio Preparation course will open in May.

Private Tuition

Taught by our experienced drawing tutors and developed to suit individual requirements, these courses enable students to benefit from one-to-one attention as well as receiving guidance in the development of their personal practice. 

Private Tuition could be structured as regular weekly sessions; as a curated short course running over a period of several days; or as a one-off one-day workshop. 

Find out more about bespoke private tuition here 

or contact a member of our Public Courses team for more information.