The Foundation Year Applications

Applications for The Foundation Year 2017-18 are now closed.

Applications for the Foundation Year 2017-18 are now closed. Applications for The Foundation Year 2018-19 will open in October 2017 and details of our next Open Days will be announced soon.

How do I apply to The Foundation Year?
The first step is to complete the online application form and pay the £10 application fee by the deadline of midnight on Sunday 19 February 2017. 

Students applying from the boroughs of Newham or Tower Hamlets are exempt from the application fee. Please apply using the application form as normal, no fee will be collected on submission.

Following the application deadline students drop off their portfolios on the dates specified below, to be reviewed by our selection panel. A shortlist of applicants will then be invited for interview before places are offered.

Online application form to be completed by: Sunday 19 February 2017
Portfolio review: Monday 27 February 2017 (applicants will be asked to drop off their portfolio at the Royal Drawing School Foundation Year studios at Trinity Buoy Wharf between 8am and 9am on the 27 February. Applicants will then be asked to collect their portfolios between 5 and 6pm on the same day.)

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview. Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March 2017. Please note we are unable to interview candidates via Skype or over the telephone. We are unable to offer a place to any candidate who does not attend an interview on the above dates.

Who can apply to The Foundation Year?
The course is tailored to recent school-leavers. You must be 18 or above on 1st September 2017 to apply. We do however welcome applications from older students, who feel that the course may help them to realise their ambition to progress to higher education or into a relevant career. We are only able to accept applications from students who are UK or EU passport holders.

What should I submit in my portfolio?
The portfolio should display a sense of personal investigation through a range of drawing and painting media.

Your Portfolio submission should include a maximum of 25 sheets in the portfolio, which should include examples of the following:

  • Drawings that express a curiosity for looking at the world around you. (These should be directly from observation as well as drawings made from photography).

  • Pieces that demonstrate an ability to work across a range of materials, media and sizes. (Please include photographic evidence of any 3D work, installations or larger pieces where applicable).

  • Sketchbooks demonstrating your personal artistic ideas and direction as well as exhibition/ gallery responses and inspiration from artists.