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UAL: A Springboard for Your Creative Future

Written by Sean Hawkey
Published date 14 August 2019

Our preparation for full-time study courses have been the artistic springboard for hundreds of creative young people to create inspiring artwork and solidify their future careers in creative roles. The short courses we run at Camberwell College of Art allow home and international students to explore their creative interests in the heart of the world’s creative capital.

Meet the selection panel

Julie Rooke teaches our Preparation for Foundation at Camberwell. Preparation for Foundation is designed for international students applying for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. The course is delivered in a Foundation environment and enables students to develop a high-quality portfolio of work in preparation for a Foundation course.

Students will familiarise themselves with life in London during the six-week course, participating in studio-based projects and research trips to some of the capital's world-famous museums and galleries. Regular group discussions and tutorials will build on communication skills and will support and prepare students for study in further education in art and design.

For the prospective students interested in taking a degree course, Nicola Ida teaches our Preparation to BA to prepare Students applying for a UAL undergraduate course. Preparation for BA similarly will allow students to experience London from the perspective of Art student, with other bright students the same creative path. They will expand their techniques and learn what to expect from their undergraduate course at UAL.

Pre-Foundation Portfolio Preparation for 16 - 18 year olds, taught by Ilga Leimanis, will help you prepare a portfolio for full-time study; as well as receiving invaluable tips on applying for full and part-time foundation courses.

Your starting point will be objective drawing. You'll then explore expressive possibilities across a range of media, including charcoal, paint, collage, graphic tools and 3D. You'll aim to create a body of work for your portfolio and every day will cover new activities that explore different approaches to drawing.

You will receive guidance on interview preparation coupled with your hands-on experience working in an environment similar to that of a Foundation course.

“The tutor was very inspiring and passionate. They helped me open my eyes to unpredictable fascinations. We learned to use a great range of techniques, in a very free and experimental way. I am excited to experiment with future ideas and develop my skills with new mediums.” – Bella

“The tutor was great! She knew a lot about the every subject matter and student interest we worked on while also being very patient. I really enjoyed the ‘arty’ atmosphere, especially when we began to hang our art on the walls while the course went on so we could see how we were all developing. The gallery visit was insightful and inspiring.” - Anon

“I feel like I really came into my own this week on this course, and looking at everybody’s amazing work has inspired me to work harder and paint much more. These courses are great.” – Celeste

Here at Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, we offer a variety of short courses to help you begin your journey at UAL. If you’re feeling inspired, our Preparation for Full-Time Study courses have upcoming dates for you to book on to right now. This could be the start of your creative journey.