Postgraduate Programme

The Drawing Year
The postgraduate programme is an MA level course with a postgraduate diploma certificate that extends over an academic year made up of three ten week terms running from September to June. It offers twenty five students the opportunity to explore a wide range of drawing practices. The Programme is bursary funded with studio space provided in the Tea Building. Further maintenance grants are available. Students are also assessed by an Independent Board.

The course is full time. Students commit to a minimum of two days a week attendence at classes and attend a forum one evening a week. Classes are held out of house and in the Shoreditch studios. There are etching, woodcut and monoprint facilities available.

The weekly forum is tutor led and is an opportunity for debate on aspects of drawing in historical and contemporary contexts. Students also attend talks and conversations with contemporary artists, curators and writers. Recent speakers have included Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jeremy Deller, Grayson Perry and Frank Auerbach.

All students have a personal tutor and have one or two tutorials per term. Recent visiting tutors have included Ansel Krut, Andrzej Jackowski and Deanna Petherbridge.

There are various travel opportunities during the year to places within the UK and Europe. Students have free access to all exhibitions at the Royal Academy for the duration of the course. There is unique access to the collections of Old Master drawings at Chatsworth and at Windsor.

Term dates:

Spring: 16 January - 23 March
Summer: 23 April - 29 June
Autumn: 17 September - 23 November

Fees and Bursaries
The programme is free for 25 successful applicants. In addition, maintenance bursaries of up to £1,000 are available for a limited number of students depending on financial need. Students receive free studio space for the duration of their course.

Download 2012/13 Prospectus

Applications  for 2012/13 open in January 2012

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