Course Description

Royal Drawing School

Each year, UC Davis offers four students scholarships – Manetti Shrem International Scholarships — to attend the Royal Drawing School’s Drawing Intensive program during the fall quarter. The Royal Drawing School aims to raise the standard and profile of drawing through teaching and practice. At its core is the belief that drawing is crucial for all aspects of visual learning. 

This opportunity is open to all UCD seniors who have their degrees by Spring 2024, and recently graduated Art Studio majors.


  • Applications for the Manetti Shrem International Scholarship is now open and accepting applications until Friday, May 10, 2024 5 p.m. GMT 
  • Four day time courses and one evening course
  • Access to RDS lecture series
  • Tutorials with RDS Faculty
  • Ten weeks in London at RDS
  • Two week self-directed residency (with tutorial call) at Dumfries House in Scotland, at the end of the residency
  • Shared studio space alongside the Drawing Year students
  • The RDS Scholarship online application will be available on April 11 and students apply directly to the RDS. The RDS online application will consist of (1) a one-page Artist CV; (2) Artist’s Statement (200 words); (3) Residency Proposal (200 words);  (4) statement on how you will benefit from the scholarship (300 words); (5) ten images of current work which demonstrate observational drawing.

Term dates are September 23 – November 30, 2024 in London, and November 30 – December 13, 2024 at Dumfries House in Scotland.

To enroll in the program, students take four daytime classes and one evening class. When students are in class, art materials are provided. There are shared studio spaces outside of the class studio off campus, and students working independently in these studios are asked to provide their own art making materials. There will be an RDS Academic advisor available to help UC Davis students select classes according to individual interest and help navigate the enrollment system. The RDS will also provide housing referrals, and an orientation upon arrival.

The residency is a twelve-week commitment, ten weeks in London with classwork at the RDS and two weeks at Dumfries House in Scotland. In Scotland shared housing and studio space are provided but students are responsible for travel expenses, food, and art materials. While at Dumfries House, individual tutorials continue with faculty at the RDS.

The Manetti Shrem International Scholarship covers all tuition and fees to the Royal Drawing School. All other expenses including travel to London and Scotland and return, housing in London and food, and art supplies for work outside of the RDS classes itself will be the responsibility of the student. Students should plan to arrive in London one week prior to classes.

Each award is a $3000.00 (three-thousand dollar/us) stipend.

Apply dates April 11 to May 10, 2024, 5 p.m. GMT. Inquires at the Royal Drawing School can be directed to Janet Casey. Read more about accommodations here.

Watch our 2023 residents talk about their experience at The Royal Drawing School and read what our 2022 student testimonials on their experiences here.

“Drawing From Observation: UC Davis Alumni Supported By International Art Residency”

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