Drawing Gap FAQs

Q. Is this course right for me?
The short intensive nature of the course will benefit a range of students, including school leavers who are unresolved about their future path; students who already have a confirmed place at university and are taking a gap year; those who have a job or apprenticeship lined up; those who wanted to study art at school but prioritised other subjects; and those that want to increase their creative and artistic skillset.

The course runs in the Autumn Term, starting 5 September and finishing 26 November 2022.

Q. I left School a while ago. Can I still apply?
The course is specifically designed for students who have just left school, of have left in the last few years, aged between 18 and 23. 

Q. I didn’t do GCSE or A level art. Can I still apply? 
Yes. The course is for anyone interested in broadening their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. You will become part of a creative community and learn how drawing can be the starting point for all creative disciplines. We have created this course to build student’s confidence in visual literacy, and to stimulate links between the arts and other disciplines, preparing students for university study and creative careers. 

Q. I'm an international student. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately at the moment we aren't able to enrol international students on the course but we plan to in the future so please check back for further information. We do have some other options for international students, including our Public Programme Courses, our Online Drawing Development Year and The Drawing Year, please visit our International Student page for further details.

Q. What should I submit in my portfolio?
For application for the Autumn Term 2022, we require you to complete an online application form and submit a 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)

Q. When can I expect to hear about my application?
Admissions for this course are made on a rolling basis. Applications are currently open and will be reviewed and offers made to successful candidates within four weeks of receiving your application, up until midnight on 25th August. Unfortunately, we cannot offer deferrals to successful candidates.

Q. How are applications assessed?
Every portfolio is reviewed by The Selection Board which sits at various times throughout the application window, it is a panel of practising artists, critics and members of the School’s staff. The panel will offer places on a rolling basis, letting candidates know the decisions as soon as possible after they apply. Further information about our Admissions Policy can be found here.

Q. Do you give feedback on applications?
We are unable to offer feedback on individual applications. This is common practice across most of the UK’s major art schools.

Q. Do students do written work as part of the course?
There is no written component to the course. However, students do sustain a lively critical debate and the Critical Studies day will stimulates independent thinking and learning, with lectures and curated visits to print rooms, museums and contemporary galleries. 

Q. What qualification will I receive after finishing the year?
The Drawing Gap is not an accredited course, so students do not receive a formal qualification. However, the course can be listed on future applications and professional development records as you continue your education and employment. The School is happy to provide references if you need one.

Q. Is it possible to stay on and study at the School?
Yes. There is the option to sign up for ongoing correspondence with the School. Students who want to develop their practice over a whole year can be paired with a personal tutor and meet online or in-person. A constructive correspondence with a practicing artist can help transform and focus your practice while undertaking other commitments such as work and travel, particularly if you are trying to develop a portfolio for your next educational steps. Students can also continue to study at the School as part of the public programme.

Q. Is accommodation available?
Unfortunately, the School doesn’t have any student accommodation. We can send a fact sheet of with information about studying and living in London.

Q. How much does it cost to study on The Drawing Gap at the Royal Drawing School?
For Autumn Term 2022 the fee will be £3800. The Royal Drawing School is proud of its charitable status: bursaries and scholarships are available. 

Q. How do I apply for a scholarship or bursary and how do I know if I am eligible?
Each year we offer a few scholarships and bursaries on the programme. We are working to increase the number on offer. 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.  

You will be eligible for a scholarship or bursary if you are domiciled in the UK, are 18 or over on the day the course starts and meet one of the following criteria: 

  • Live in a household which is in receipt of income assessed benefits.  
  • Be in care or a recent care leaver. (this means someone who has been in local authority care for at least 13 weeks in the last 5 year). 

Every applicant will have to provide evidence which demonstrates their eligibility, and evidence of their household income. The School will consider all applications and award scholarships and bursaries based on greatest need. If you would like us to consider extenuating circumstances that fall outside these criteria, or have any further questions, please email school.leavers@royaldrawingschool.org directly. 

Please note: All our scholarship places for start in August 2022 have now been filled.

Read more about our Drawing Gap Admissions Policy here