Royal Drawing School

The Royal Drawing School is an independent, not-for-profit institution aiming to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practise. Drawing is a crucial route to innovation across the creative disciplines and beyond, from fashion, fine art and animation to film-making, product design and engineering. Courses include a postgraduate and foundation programme, and public courses for adults and young artists.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

Alternative Provider
Alternative Provider

The university does not receive direct public funding

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • At the Foundation Year campus (Trinity Buoy Wharf), students can use the reference art library.

Other services and facilities

  • Specialist course facilities at the Trinity Buoy Wharf campus (Foundation Year) include new drawing and painting studios, a sculpture studio, and individual studio spaces. Students can work with etching, collagraph and monoprint in the fully-equipped intaglio print room. There is also a photography darkroom, kiln and ceramics facilities and an Apple Mac computer suite with animation and Adobe design software.
  • The Clore Drawing Studio provides a purpose-built space primarily used for drawing workshops, but also for group discussions, lectures, portfolio preparation, events and exhibitions. 


  • Founded in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales and artist Catherine Goodman as The Prince's Drawing School.
  • The school was granted the title of the Royal Drawing School by the Queen in 2014.

Fascinating Fact

  • The Royal Drawing School has visiting artists which have included Turner Prize-winner, Grayson Perry.


19–22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG