Great films, like great paintings, are rich resources for visual ideas. The artistic vision of Eisenstein, Satyajit Ray, Bergman and Kurosawa is comparable to that of the great artists of the twentieth century. Exploring a film through drawing, the way we might explore a Rubens or Poussin, gives us the opportunity to see through those great filmmakers’ eyes. Each week a different film will be shown in its entirety, with students drawing either from stills in the studio or from the film in motion. The course will be led by three different artists, each with their own take on drawing from film. (Artist led but untutored).


Films scheduled to be shown throughout the term will include:

Breaking the Waves, 1996, Lars von Trier; La Pointe Courte, 1954, Cleo from 5 to 7, 1961, La Bonheur, 1964, and The Gleaners and I, 2000, all by Agnes Varda; The Return, 2003, Andrey Zvyagintsev; and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, 1976, John Cassavetes.

Full-time BA students studying for a degree in Fine Art receive up to a 75% discount. Those studying on design or applied arts degrees may also be eligible on a case-by-case basis. Student ID and proof of enrollment must be submitted.

Full-time practising fine artists under 40 years of age in need of financial help may apply for a 75% discount on a maximum of two courses; applicants must submit a portfolio of ten drawings and fill in an application form which can be downloaded from the website. Please find the submissions dates here. Please contact the office in advance of submitting your application to reserve a place on your chosen course and check the portfolio submission dates. 

Primary and secondary school teachers who teach art receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof in the form of a letter from their head teacher or the head of the art department.

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently on the job seekers register.

Postgraduate alumni of the Royal Drawing School receive a 50% discount. 

Individuals who receive disability support are eligible for a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently receiving this allowance.

Tower Hamlet and Hackney residents are eligible for a 25% discount; to apply participants must show proof of living in these boroughs. 

Individuals over the age of 60 may apply for a 10% discount.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.