End of year photo

Throughout the year the Royal Drawing School runs co-curricular and social events for students, some designed specifically with international students in mind. Alumni of The Drawing Year, the School’s postgraduate programme, plan a programme of arts events that take place during evenings and at weekends including gallery visits, drawing in London and day trips. Students are also encouraged to attend other School events including the monthly Supper Clubs with Drawing Year students, alumni and students from other London art schools; free etching and life drawing sessions in our Shoreditch studios; and the private views of exhibitions throughout the year in the School’s gallery.

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FY Drawing in Galleries

Painting Residency at Dumfries House

Dumfries Residency

At the end of the year, all Foundation Year students have the opportunity to take part in a week-long summer Painting Residency to Dumfries House in East Ayrshire, Scotland, an estate carefully restored by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007. In celebration of the year’s hard work, students spend the week drawing and painting alongside their tutors in a diverse and inspiring environment. Dumfries House provides a rich artists’ resource, with collections of 18th century furniture, textiles and paintings on loan from the National Gallery of Scotland. The House is located in 2,000 acres of Scottish landscape. Students attending the Painting Residency are asked to pay their own train fare to Scotland but it otherwise fully funded. 

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FY Dumfries House Residency

FY Dumfries House Residency


Subject to UKVI approval

The community of The Foundation Year is one of its most important aspects. I was constantly surrounded by other students who were devoted to spending five days a week, if not more, to advancing their practice. I have gained as much support from my peers as I have from the tutors.’ Larry Cotton Foundation Year 2017-18