Fees and Funding

Scholarships and bursaries

All students on The Drawing Year receive a full scholarship place, which covers all tuition fees and a free studio space at Space Studios in Hackney for the duration of the year. We also offer a limited number of maintenance bursaries to help with living costs; these are means-tested and students are invited to apply after being accepted onto the course. A hardship fund is available to help students who run into financial difficulties during the year. 

Interest-free loans

Other funding opportunities are also available for students who need to further supplement their living costs while on the course. The Royal Drawing School is registered as a Learning Provider with the Skills Funding Agency, which means that students on The Drawing Year are eligible to apply for interest-free Professional and Career Development Loans. For more information call 0800 100 900 or go to www.direct.gov.uk/CDL 


Drawing Year students are eligible for a Student Oystercard. They also receive a 50% discount on Winsor & Newton materials purchased directly through the School and a 10% discount at most other local art shops. Students have free entry to all Royal Academy exhibitions.