Short Course - Foundation
You will be given advice and instruction on technique and the use of a variety of media. The course covers the foundations of good drawing practice and develops observational drawing skills.
Tuition covers measuring, proportion, perspective and composition.
You will explore linear and tonal drawing and develop your use of pencil, charcoal, pen and Conté in the drawing studio environment. You will also experience drawing from still life, portrait, antique casts and figure drawing - directly from the artists life model. Along with an opportunity to work on location, off campus and develop your own self-directed project.
You are encouraged to begin a sketchbook, which reflects your personal practice, individual interests and the work of other artists. This becomes a personal journal and visual diary of your development during the course.
You will be introduced to the drawing process through class talks, group/individual discussion and studio-based practice.
This course includes location classes requiring students to travel to alternative venues: on campus and to Aberdeen University’s Zoological Museum.
Students must provide their own drawing materials. 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.
A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.
This course is not formally assessed.
Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.
All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
This course provides an excellent introduction to drawing techniques and a solid grounding for beginners learning how to improve their drawing.
Course fee: £305
You must provide your own drawing materials.
A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.
Gray's School of Art Materials Shop
Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.
Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.
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Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
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Apply direct to the university using our online application form.
Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.
Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.