This past summer, Rosika Gurung and Sorcha Kennedy studied our Portfolio Preparation for Art School for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course) offered by Central Saint Martins. They tell us about their experiences on the course and how it’s helped them develop confidence in their own creativity.
“Attending the open day at Central Saint Martins definitely encouraged me to think about the short courses University of The Arts London (UAL) offered students like me,” Rosika admits. Currently entering her final year of Sixth Form, Rosika’s plans include working within Fashion Photography as it lets her express her proactive and extroverted nature.
Likewise, Sorcha who lives in Ireland is also getting ready to apply to art schools after she finishes her studies. She’s looking to apply for fashion design school in the coming year, but felt she needed a bit of help with diversifying her current portfolio of work. “I didn’t feel like I had had enough fine art pieces in my portfolio to showcase alongside my more fashion-based pieces.”
With both students gearing up to apply for art schools, doing the Portfolio Preparation for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course) made perfect sense to them to help boost their artistic skills.
For Rosika, it was the organized nature of the course that really helped her really fine-tune her creative ideas. “The course made me much more aware of each material I had to have prepared for the next day of class. I also liked that we shared out work with each other; it’s a great way to gain inspiration and be inspired creatively.”
However, she’s keen to stress that the course requires a lot of dedication from students, especially if they want to get the most out of it. “Be absolutely sure that this course is something you would enjoy doing. Make sure you’re happy to work continuously hard on multiple projects, even after class is over.”
In Sorcha’s case, it was the freedom to interpret each assignment however she wanted that helped her achieve her goal. “My portfolio feels a lot broader now. My drawing skills aren’t the greatest, but I feel more confident with my art!”
Having completed the short course, both Rosika and Sorcha agree they recommend doing a short course. “Find the best one for you. There are so many to choose from you’ll definitely find one that suits you,” Sorcha advises.
Circling back to her initial visit to Central Saint Martins, Rosika adds that seeing students at UAL has remained an immense source of inspiration for her. “Seeing UAL students and their art can really help develop your own bigger picture when it comes to the quality of work you produce. UAL is where the future of creativity is developing.”
If you think you could benefit from some expert advice on your own portfolio, take a look at our dedicated course page for Portfolio Preparation for Art School for 16 to 18 Year Olds to find out what you can expect on the course and when it's next running.
Or perhaps you're a parent and want your child to have an artistic outlet. We have a wide variety of online teenage short courses designed to help develop every student's creative mind.