The Drawing Year Applications


Applications for 2017/18 are now closed.

Applying for The Drawing Year: 
Applicants will usually have completed a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art or a related subject, but this is not essential; relevant experience or qualifications will be taken into account. Applicants must fill out the application form online which includes uploading 20 images of work, and submit two sketchbooks to the School to be considered during selection. If the applicant is successful in selection they must be prepared to be interviewed and bring all works included in their digital portfolio to the School. 


Application and Digital Portfolio Deadline:
We must receive your completed online application form, digital images and fee of £25 by midnight on 3rd April 2017. We require you to submit two sketchbooks to the Royal Drawing School Shoreditch as a supplement to your digital portfolio. You must drop off your sketchbooks to the School on the 6th and 7th April 2017. You may also post your sketchbooks, to arrive by the 6th April 2016. Please do not submit your sketchbooks before these dates.


As a part of your application form you must upload 20 images consisting of:
10 Drawings - done in dry media, ink or watercolour
10 Additional Works - these can be work done in any media you choose

Images should be saved as jpegs or png files, no larger than 200dpi and maximum 4MB per image. Please ensure images are of good quality. These works must be created within the past three years.

Animators may submit short video files or a combination of video and 2-D images of work within their Additional Works. Please limit each video file to 2 minutes.

Every image must be labelled in the following way:
Title of Work_Dimensions_Medium.jpeg 

i.e. Untitled_25x25_CharcoalOnPaper.jpeg (dimensions should be calculated in centimetres)

Please be prepared to bring these works along with further sketchbooks to the interview if you are shortlisted.


We cannot accept your sketchbooks unless we have received your application form, 20 uploaded images and fee by midnight on Monday 3rd April 2017.
Applicants will be notified whether they have been shortlisted for interview in late April. Interviews will be held in May 2017 for shortlisted candidates. We will contact all interviewees by June 2017 to let them know whether or not they have been offered a place. If you are unsuccessful in your application, please be prepared to collect your sketchbooks at the end of April.
Please note that we do not give feedback on unsuccessful applications. All successful candidates have their tuition fees paid and will be offered the opportunity to apply for an additional maintenance bursary.


Information for non-UK passport holders:
Nationals of an EEA country (European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland) can enter the UK as a student with a minimum of formality; you do not require entry clearance or a visa. You may be asked to show evidence that you have been accepted on to a course, and that you have sufficient funds to support yourself whilst in the UK. You will also need your passport. 

Nationals of all other countries: Since March 2009, the Royal Drawing School has not been able to sponsor students from outside the EEA. As an independent School, we do not have a UK Border Agency Tier 4 License, therefore students on the Drawing Year cannot apply for a TIER 4 VISA with us. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements with the UK Border Agency for permission to study in the UK.

For more info: www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas