The Drawing Year

One year postgraduate MA-level course / No fees / Free studio space

  • Turner in London / Hampstead Heath


    The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-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.


  • Drawing at The British Museum


    The course is full time and made up of three ten week terms (starting in September) with an opportunity to extend the year into a further three month studio residency as a springboard into professional practice. Students are expected to attend a minimum of three and a half taught classes a week, along with a Wednesday evening forum, lecture series and personal studio practice days.

    Course Structure

  • Figure, Space, Form / Shoreditch Studio


    Courses at the Royal Drawing School are divided into three main areas: Drawing in the Studio, Drawing from Art and Drawing London. Students are encouraged to explore all of these as they complement each other and contribute towards seeing, drawing and learning in new ways. 


  • Space Studios, Hackney


    Our Shoreditch campus is located in a converted warehouse at the heart of East London’s art, design and fashion scene. There are two spacious, well-lit drawing studios, a fully-equipped intaglio print studio, a large exhibitions gallery and a reference art library. Individual studios for Drawing Year students are situated at Space Studios in Hackney, a short journey from the Royal Drawing School.



Jake Garfield

"Through continual practice I learned that figurative drawing can be very conceptual, and that it is naive to call observational drawing ‘traditional’."

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"Using the most limited of means, drawing offers some of the most demanding opportunities for growth to a contemporary artist, both visually and intellectually, allowing a free transition between mediums."

Letter from the Artistic Director