Gray's School of Art

Figure Drawing

Short Course - Foundation and Intermediate

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Figure Drawing | Foundation and Intermediate
This course focuses on the practice of observational drawing of human anatomy directly from a life model, antique casts and skeleton.

This course is recommended for students who wish to concentrate their development more specifically on the age old tradition of life drawing.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
Semester One:
3 Oct - 21 Nov 2019
Semester Two:
9 Jan - 27 Feb 2020
Course Length
40 hours (16 weeks)
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Figure Drawing covers a variety of techniques and drawing approaches and encourages you to experiment with different drawing materials. The majority of classes will involve studying the human form directly from the artist's life model. You are encouraged to keep a sketchbook, which demonstrates your life drawing practice, individual interests and the work of influential artists. This becomes a personal journal and visual diary of your development during the course.

Foundation and Intermediate level students work alongside each other to develop their drawing skills in this class.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

You 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.



This course provides an excellent and thorough starting point for beginners learning how to draw from life or for more experienced students continuing to improve their drawing practice. Tuition will be tailored according to the student's chosen level.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.


Course fee: £385


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.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

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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:  

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Other Fees and Charges 


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:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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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.

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