Young Associates

An in-depth drawing programme for 15-18 year olds

Our Young Associates programme is open to students in school years 10 to 13 considering careers in a broad range of subjects for which drawing from observation provides an important foundation. As well as fine art, these subjects include graphic and product design, illustration, fashion and textiles, film-making, animation, architecture, photography and engineering among many others.

Our focus on drawing and skills-based teaching, distinguishes us from other art schools, and we believe that joining our programme will complement students' studies at GCSE and A level, as well as supporting applications to further and higher education including both foundation and undergraduate courses. 

Saturday Programme
Weekly classes of three hours duration are held on Saturdays at the School's own drawing studios in Shoreditch and other locations in London as well as in Norwich and New Cumnock. Young Associates benefit from serious and sustained tuition in an artist-led environment, amongst others with a passion for art and drawing. Help with the preparation of portfolios is offered in a termly one-to-one tutorial, and Young Associates who have attended the summer term and at least one other term during the year, are invited to submit work to an annual exhibition of drawings held by the School in July.

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New full-scholarship course
We now offer a free full-scholarship course for young people aged 15 - 18 who have a passion for drawing and a desire to improve their skills. They are open to anyone to apply through our application forms.

This programme is designed to complement a students studies over a whole academic year. These weekly classes will be taught by professional practicing artists, who will guide students through a range of observational drawing exercises. Students will learn skills that allow you to explore your creativity outside the curriculum while building a portfolio of high-quality work that supports your progress in Arts Education. 

Young Associates: Notting Dale

This course is based at the Notting Dale Campus in North Kensington, Saturday's 2 – 5pm.

Find out more here and how to apply.

The fee for the Saturday programme is £225 per ten week term unless stated otherwise, this includes teaching, tutorials and materials costs. There are three terms per year. 

Once you have booked you will receive a confirmation email, this will include a link which will ask for additional details of the student who will be attending the course.

The school is committed to making all courses offered affordable and available to those who have a passion and aptitude for drawing. Therefore we offer a number of 50% and 100% means-tested scholarships for each Saturday course. We welcome applications from all students who feel that the Young Associates programme would benefit their studies and broaden their opportunities. 

If you would like to apply for a scholarship place for the regular termly Saturday courses please complete the Young Artists Scholarship application form. You do not need to book separately through the website and we will contact you if we need any further information. 

We also run a full-scholarship course designed for a year-long commitment called Young Associates: Notting Dale, please visit their course page for more information and to apply.

Our drawing courses take place at our studios in Shoreditch, North Kensington, and at The National Gallery; and in different Central London locations on our Explore course. We also run a course at St Georges Works in Norwich and online.