Q. How much does it cost to study on The Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School?
Nothing – all Drawing Year students are on a full scholarship and have their fees paid for the year. This includes classes, studio space, forums and lectures, and study trips. Each year, a number of grants are allocated to students on a means-tested basis to help with living costs. Unlike a loan, students do not have to pay these back. There is also a Hardship Fund that students can apply to for extra help with living expenses, travel and materials costs should they run into financial difficulties during the year.
Q. I don’t have a BA in Fine Art. Can I still apply?
A BA in Fine Art is desirable, however you are still encouraged to apply if you have a degree in a related subject along with a strong portfolio of work showing a commitment to drawing.
Q. What should I submit in my portfolio?
We require you to completed an online application form, submit a digital portfolio and send two sketchbooks to the School. You must drop off your sketchbooks to the School on the 6th and 7th April 2017.
Your digital portfolio must consist of:
- 10 drawings
- 10 'Additional Works' consisting of 10 pieces of any other work you wish to include.
Images should be saved as jpegs, no larger than 150dpi and maximum 4MB per image. Please ensure images are of good quality.
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
(dimensions should be calculated in centimetres)
Please be prepared to bring these works along with further sketchbooks to the interview if you are shortlisted.
Q. I don’t have a UK passport. Can I still apply?
Possibly. 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. However, there may be unusual circumstances wherein non-EEA nationals are eligible for visas which do allow for study. It is the responsibility of interested applicants to check with local UK immigration authorities.
For more info: www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
Q. How are The Drawing Year applications assessed?
After the application deadline, every portfolio is reviewed by a panel of practising artists and critics. The panel make a shortlist of approximately 40 applicants who are subsequently invited to interview. During the interview, the panel will have your submitted portfolio images and application form and will also look at any additional images or sketchbooks that you bring on the day.
Q. When can I expect to hear about my application?
After the application deadline, you can expect to hear from us within a month by email or letter, letting you know whether or not you have been shortlisted for interview. All interviewees can expect to be contacted approximately a week following their interview. It is likely that you will know whether or not you have been offered a place on The Drawing Year by the end of May.
Q. Do you give feedback on Drawing Year applications?
We are unable to offer feedback on individual applications. This is common practice across most of the UK’s major art schools.
Q. I wasn’t accepted onto The Drawing Year. Can I still take classes at the school?
Yes. All classes (with the exception of Monday night masterclasses and the Wednesday night forum) are open to the public, who pay to attend courses by term, with a large number of concessions available. The current class schedule is always available to view on the Public Courses page of our website. If you need help deciding which classes would benefit you, we would be happy to advise you.
Q. Do students do written work as part of the course?
There is no written component to the course. However, students do sustain a lively critical debate and are asked to make a short presentation on a chosen artist to their fellow students at some point during the year.
Q. What qualification will I receive after finishing the year?
The Drawing Year is not a university accredited course, so students do not receive a formal MA qualification. All those who pass the year are awarded a postgraduate diploma certificate, signed by Andrea Rose, who was Director of Visual Arts at the British Council for twenty years and chair of our external assessment board.
Q. Is it possible to stay on and study for a second year?
Currently we are not running a second year, however all students are now invited to stay on for a further three month studio residency following the end of the year, as a springboard into professional practice.
Q. What do your students go on to do after The Drawing Year?
Most of our alumni are now practising fine artists who regularly show and sell work or undertake commissions, many of whom also have gallery representation. Other students have gone on to professional practice in areas including illustration, animation, architecture, film and theatre design. Alumni can apply to join our free tutor training programme with The Drawing Clubs which offers serious, sustained tutoring for children aged 10-18 with a passion or apititude for drawing. Many have used this experience as a springboard into teaching both adults and children.