School Leavers Programme

A New Course for School Leavers: Launching Autumn 2022 

We are launching a new three-month intensive drawing course for school leavers. This full-time programme will run each term and be an opportunity for students to develop their creative skills through intense and rigorous observational drawing tuition. 

Based in our new studios that have been built over the summer at our Shoreditch campus in the heart of East London’s art, design and fashion scene, students will attend daily drawing classes, choosing from a wide curriculum of life drawing, anatomy, imagination, and storytelling courses taught by the School’s experienced faculty of contemporary practicing artists. This curriculum will provide students with a range of methods and tools learnt from painting, illustration, printmaking, sculpture and animation. 

Support from mentors, tutorials, group crits, as well as a close-knit class of peers, will encourage confidence in voicing opinions and self-reflective evaluation, and a weekly contextual studies day of lectures and exhibition visits will teach visual analytical reasoning and communication. Students will be mentored by our community of alumni faculty who can share their recent experience of art school and creative careers, giving a real sense into what it is to be a creative professional.

The School Leavers Programme is designed for students looking to progress to BA degrees in both the arts and sciences, and provides portfolio support for those who are preparing for entry to art school. The shorter, three-month format, is designed for students who plan to spend time developing a range of experiences and skills after leaving school and be flexible to other commitments. The course is not accredited, so students can concentrate on embedding the foundational skills of drawing and freely discover without the anxiety and limitations that assessments bring. Each student’s personal development is prioritised to help them build transferrable skills and a proficiency in visual communication.

Drawing is a crucial foundation for creative problem solving, understanding, and communication in the complexity of the modern world. This course is an intensive and thorough immersion into sustained looking and visual understanding, giving students a solid grounding in skills-based observational drawing, and the creative thinking skills to tackle the complex demands of their chosen academic pathway and beyond.

We will be piloting the course during the Summer Term 2022. If you would like to register your interest in the pilot, one of our taster days, or for starting in Autumn Term 2022, please get in touch at 

The Royal Drawing School’s Foundation Year is now closed. Our sister charity, The Prince’s Foundation is launching a new one-year foundation course, please click here for more information.