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. It is one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, quality tuition for those who wish to develop their observational drawing.
The School has studios across London and runs a one year MA-Level course, The Drawing Year, awarding a full scholarship and studio space in central London to every student, with living bursaries also available. Alongside the postgraduate course is a Public Programme of daytime and evening courses for adults in drawing, painting and printmaking, attended by over 1000 students each week, with heavily subsidised fees and a comprehensive concessions scheme that make courses accessible to the widest array of students. In addition, the School runs a one-year full time foundation course, The Foundation Year, for students aged 18-19 years old and a Young Artists programme for students aged 10-18 years old. The School offers artists residencies around the world, both for its alumni and in some cases by invitation or open application to other practising artists.
Founded in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales and artist Catherine Goodman as The Prince's Drawing School, it became the Royal Drawing School in November 2014, in recognition the of its academic and artistic excellence and its international importance as a specialist resource for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, who wish to develop their observational drawing.