Figurative Study (Advanced)

1. Overview

The course accommodates students who wish to build on previous study, and further develop their personal practice.

This will vary depending on the level of experience and desire to develop drawing or painting from the figure.

2. What you will study

This course includes model sittings that span several sessions. Thus, students will be able to work on more substantial pieces of work as the semester progresses. This course offers an afternoon pose that will be repeated for the evening sitting. All traditional materials and study practices are welcome.

Students are encouraged to develop self-directed study in their chosen medium. Over the course of the variety of model sittings, tuition and advice will be tailored to the student’s individual and chosen path of creative practice. Model poses will reflect the influence of masterpieces from the history of figurative art.

Students are encouraged to keep a visual diary, which reflects their life drawing practice, individual interests and the work of influential artists.

3. Entry Requirements

This course is recommended for experienced figure study students, with existing knowledge and practice of drawing from the artist's model. Suitable for students who have completed Intermediate Figure Drawing and above.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £330

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU's conditions).


Please inform Gray’s School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional Information

Projects are self directed and students must provide their own drawing materials. Advice can be sought from your lecturer.

Studio equipment: easels, trestles, and drawing-boards will be provided. Paper for exhibiting purposes will be provided in week 16. A life model is provided during the course.  

View the Advanced Figurative Study Materials List (PDF 104KB)

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

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Start Date

Semester One: 4 Oct - 22 Nov 2017
Semester Two: 10 Jan - 28 Feb 2018

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
Wednesdays at 1.30pm - 4.00 or 7.00 - 9.30pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

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