Fees and Funding
The Royal Drawing School is committed to offering an alternative way to fund postgraduate education, helping students avoid significantly adding to their existing debt. Every applicant that is offered a place on The Drawing Year receives a full scholarship and has their tuition fees paid for the year; this does not have to be repaid. The scholarship covers all courses, tutorials, forums and lectures as well as some study trips and a studio space. In addition, The Drawing Year offers a significant amount of contact time with tutors as well as providing working opportunities for alumni after graduation.
The course is structured to allow students to work part-time, in the evenings and at weekends, to assist them in covering their London living costs. In the past, students have also worked full time in the lead up to starting the course, allowing them to build up their savings.
Grants and bursaries
There are a number of grant-making trusts through which past Drawing Year students have had success in obtaining extra funding, and the School will support you as best it can in making these applications. Students accepted on to the course may also apply for modest bursaries each term, which are means-tested. Should students find themselves in financial difficulty during the term, there is a separate Hardship Fund that students can apply to for extra help with living expenses, travel and materials costs.
Career development loans
The Royal Drawing School is registered as a Learning Provider with the Skills Funding Agency which means that some students may also decide to apply for a Postgraduate and Career Development Loan. As The Drawing Year is a full scholarship course, these loans, which are interest-free while you are studying, can be devoted entirely to easing the costs of living and studying in London. For more information call 0800 100 900 or go to www.direct.gov.uk/CDL.
Drawing Year students receive a 50% discount on Winsor & Newton materials purchased directly through the School and a 10% discount at most other local art shops. Students also receive free entry to all Royal Academy exhibitions.