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Portfolio preparation courses

Portfolio preparation courses can help you take your skills to the next level and develop a portfolio for application to further studies or to go directly into professional practice.

We offer courses across the different areas of art and design, welcoming anyone to apply. Students from these courses have previously gone onto the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, BA and MA courses at UAL and other top institutions. Others have gone directly into industry employment or set up their own design studios or freelance art practice.

Students from the portfolio courses have a very high success rate of entering their first college choice. Taught by UAL tutors, alumni and practicing professionals, tutors offer expert advice about application and interview processes, and will help you develop your work so that it represents your individual approach and sets your portfolio above others.

Portfolio preparation courses will help you build a stronger portfolio by:

  • Encouraging you to explore your potential within a wide range of art and design disciplines
  • Expanding your design skills, personal practice and challenging your design ideas
  • By encourage experimentation, research and documenting your progress
  • Enabling you to discover and develop your unique style and voice
  • Inspiring you to develop confidence in your practice and ideas

Portfolio preparation course student Pantaree Kambhato

Develop your portfolio

I believe that what we consume is integral to what we create. Whether that is what we consume visually, academically or even in terms of our personal relationships, because that is what is reflected in our art.

— Elisa Conlan

Pre-Foundation Portfolio Preparation student Elisa Conlan

Get ready to study at UAL

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