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Figurative Study

Short Course - Advanced
Figurative Study (Advanced)

The Advanced Figurative course will provide you (regardless of your years of experience) with the chance to learn something new and progress your personal observational drawing/painting skills and development.

Continuous learning is supported under highly experienced technical support and tuition. 

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Term One:
To be confirmed
Term Two:
To be confirmed

Course Length

40hrs (16 weeks)
16:00pm - 18:30pm

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

You are encouraged to develop self-directed study in your chosen medium.

The course accommodates those 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.

Over the course of the variety of model sittings, tuition and advice will be tailored to your individual and chosen path of creative practice. Model poses will reflect the influence of masterpieces from the history of figurative art.

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



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

Learning Methods

Methods of delivery include: class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.

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


This course is not formally assessed.


Academic Support

Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.

The Inclusion 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.

Study Skills Support

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 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.

Required Age

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

Materials & Equipment

Projects are self directed and students must provide their own 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.

Details on the materials required for your course:


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art 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 term 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.

ID Cards

Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s Art Shop. Find out more:  


Due to the exceptional demand for permits from current staff and students, we are unable to issue any temporary permits to Short Course students for Wednesday afternoon classes.


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.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

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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