Royal Drawing School Foundation Personal Statement

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 are expected to show a strong portfolio of work demonstrating a commitment to drawing and a level of artistic professionalism appropriate for study at MA level.

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 (please read the detailed the detailed guidelines below). 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 9th April 2018. 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 12th and 13th April 2018. You may also post your sketchbooks, to arrive no later than the 12th April 2018. 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 have been 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 9th April 2018.
Applicants will be notified whether they have been shortlisted for interview in late April. Interviews will be held in May 2018 for shortlisted candidates. We will contact all interviewees by June 2018 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. 

All successful candidates have their tuition fees paid and will be offered the opportunity to apply for an additional maintenance bursary.

Please note that we do not give feedback on unsuccessful applications. 

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: Regrettably we are not able to consider applications from international students who are not eligible for a UK visa. 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:

The Royal Drawing School

I found out yesterday that I can now say I'm an ex-student of the Royal Drawing School - so I promptly revised my bio pages! (see About the Artist and About Katherine Tyrrell)

The Prince's Drawing School, which was founded by the Prince of Wales in 2000, has been granted Royal status by the Queen. Its new logo retains the Prince of Wales feathers to denote his drive behind and interest in the School.

Six other arts educational establishments have also been granted royal status and this new mark of recognition puts the Drawing School on a par with the Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, Royal Ballet School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Royal School of Needlework.

Royal Drawing School website - the Courses Page
The school was ready to go with a brand new website (which I rather like), alongside a brand new logo!

About the Royal Drawing School

The Royal Drawing School was formerly known as the Prince's Drawing School and was housed in a former warehouse type building in Charlotte Street on the borders of Shoreditch and trendy 'White Cube' Hoxton. I used to trek along in the evening to do my "drawing a head" class with James Lloyd and to attend various lectures.
Studio 4 at the Princes Drawing School is on the top floor of an old commercial building in Charlotte Street on the Shoreditch/Hoxton borders. The top floor sits above its neighbours and consequently we have excellent light in the summer months and, naturally, it also changes as the session passes!
Drawing Class 8th June (2006)
a drawing done in 2006

Some features of the Drawing School

The Royal Drawing School is an independent, not-for-profit resource that aims to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practice. We are one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition in drawing from observation.
One of the things I've always liked about the School is it's not "exclusive" - its aim has always been to expand opportunities for drawing.

The school has expanded enormously - and internationally - from when I was attending classes in Charlotte Street. I very reluctantly had to give up as my tenosynovitis is not fond of intensive drawing in concentrated bouts.
  • The school is an independent charity and consequently is able to make bursaries available and offer classes at discounted fees.
  • its premier Course is the The Drawing Year which is a one year postgraduate MA Course

    The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year – all students are awarded a full scholarship and receive a free studio space in the iconic Tea Building in Shoreditch.
  • it runs a Foundation Year programme based at Trinity Buoy Wharf. A student from this programme won the Sunday Times Watercolour Prize this year (see Kathryn Maple wins Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014)
  • it has a wide range of public courses which are run as both daytime and evening courses.
    Their three main programmes are based at the Royal Drawing School Shoreditch, Drawing School Central in Oxford Street, and Royal Drawing School West in South Kensington. I'd very much recommend people reviewing their portfolio of courses as there is something there for everyone.
  • it also has a range of Saturday Courses and Programmes for Schools.
  • The Royal Drawing School is developing international collaborations. 
In 2014 the Royal Drawing School began building partnerships with some of the United States’ most renowned art schools. Together, we are developing residencies, workshops and exchange programmes to benefit art students on both sides of the Atlantic for whom drawing is central to their work. Currently, our partner art schools are:
The Arts Students League of New York
The New York Academy of Art
The New York Studio School
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
The Yale University School of Art

You can find out more about the school and its tutors and courses on its website

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