Applications for this course are currently closed.

For application for the Autumn Term 2023, we require you to complete an online application form including a 500 word personal statement, and submit a digital portfolio.

This course is designed for people who have just left school, are on a gap year, or are transitioning between further education, higher education and employment. The course will most benefit those aged 18 and 23. You must be 18 or over on the day term starts.

The RDS actively seeks to attract the widest range of students who will benefit from our courses. We recognise the value in a broad range of talents, backgrounds and opportunities. We will consider a wide range of qualifications and relevant work or life experience as evidence of suitability. Applicants are expected to show a portfolio of work demonstrating an interest in visual ideas and creative practice and a level of studentship appropriate for study on an intensive high-quality programme.

Digital Portfolio
Your digital portfolio must consist of 15 images that illustrate your creative or artistic work:

  • 5 Drawings - done in dry media, ink or watercolour
  • 10 Additional Works - these can be work done in any media you choose

Images should be saved as jpegs, no larger than 150dpi and maximum 4MB per image. Please ensure images are of good quality.

Animators may submit short video files or a combination of video and 2D images of work within their Additional Works. Please limit each video file to 2 minutes/8MB.

Every image must be labelled in the following way:
i.e. Untitled_25x25_CharcoalOnPaper.jpeg (dimensions should be calculated in centimetres)

Admissions for this course are made on a rolling basis. The Selection Board will make a decision based on your application statement and digital portfolio and will make offers to successful candidates within four weeks of receiving your application. There is no interview as part of the application process. The selection Board is made up of a panel of practising artists, critics and members of the School’s staff.

The Selection Board will offer places to students they believe will benefit from the course. They will look for evidence of artistic ability, potential, curiosity and studentship. If you are unsuccessful, we will let you know within 4 weeks of receiving your application. Unfortunately, we cannot offer deferrals to successful candidates.

Applications for this course are currently closed.

Scholarship applications
The Drawing Gap is a fee-paying course though a small number of bursaries and scholarships are available. If you are offered a place on the programme, you will be given the option of applying for a scholarship or bursary. We will send you a separate application form at this stage. Please visit the Fees & Scholarships page for more details. 

If you have any questions about applying please contact

Read more about our Drawing Gap Admissions Policy here