International Students

Online Courses

For students who live outside of the UK, our online Public Programme courses offer the opportunity to join the School's creative community from wherever you are. With over 45 courses to choose from each term, in drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture, ranging from 5 - 10 weekly sessions, students are able to choose from a diverse programme that covers a range of themes and subject matter. Students are taught by our distinguished faculty, all of whom are practising artists, live via Zoom with time for individual feedback and group discussion. 

We have recently welcomed students from the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and the UAE amongst others. If you have any questions about joining an online course from outside of the UK email and our Public Programme team will be happy to answer them.

Hear from our international online students...

I am based in the central part of the United States. With a time zone difference of 6 hours, I had to rearrange my sleeping patterns. But, I had no problem being motivated to start class at 4:00am….it was worth it!!  Public Programme student (online course)

I live in Paris, France ... Wifi permits these connections and, as it was said on one of the courses, the whole life inside home allowed us to connect with people from everywhere! So, if I must give advice to someone I would like to say: just do your choice, and book it! Public Programme student (online course)

Your online courses were wonderful; I was very interested in the subjects and the teachers are remarkable ... We were safe, at home, with our tools and in our studio; and, the ambiance was friendly and warm, with constructive critiques and lovely comments on Padlet. Public Programme student (online course)

The Drawing Year 

The Drawing Year is a full scholarship postgraduate-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free studio space. The course is based in our main campus in Shoreditch, London.

Applying to The Drawing Year as an International Student:

EU Settlement Scheme
EU/EEA Nationals who have resided in the UK before 31st December 2020 and have settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme can apply to the Drawing Year. The deadline to apply for settled status is 30 June 2021.

We will be unable to consider any applications from nationals of an EU/EEA country (European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland) who moved to the UK to study after 23:00 on 31 December 2020 as they will be ineligible for the EU Settlement Scheme and will be required to acquire a student visa through the Student route.

Nationals of all other countries
Regrettably, at the moment we are not able to consider applications from international students (including EU/EEA residents) who are not eligible for a UK visa. For more information please check the UK government website.

Graduate Route - International students already studying in the UK
For international students currently studying in the UK, the government's newly proposed Graduate Route will allow international students to remain in the UK for two - three years after graduation. They will be able to work or study on a unaccredited course without the need for sponsorship. This would allow international students who are studying / have studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa to apply for The Drawing Year after they have graduated. This application route will open to students on 1 July 2021.

The Online Drawing Development Year
We are pleased announce that we are currently developing an intensive year-long online course that will allow students with specific access needs or those living outside of the UK to take part.

The Online Drawing Development Year is a three-term remote learning course. Like the current in-person postgraduate programme, The Drawing Year, it will feature a structured series of drawing courses, lectures, mentoring sessions and one-to-one tutorials with practising artists that will complement and develop your own studio practice.

We plan to launch in Spring 2022, to register your interest for this course, please email