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Portfolio Preparation for Architecture for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

Have you always been interested in architecture? Are you thinking of applying to study this subject? Would you like to learn more about the practical and conceptual skills required from architects? This beginners course will help you understand what is needed to build a portfolio and decide whether this is the subject for you.

You may not be able to complete a full portfolio during the week, but the course will give you the tools to start building one. You will get a clear idea of how to go about producing work that is appropriate for inclusion in a portfolio in the future. Plus, you will get a lot of practice along the way.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

Digital Credentials (badges and certificates)

Students will receive a UAL Short Courses digital badge and certificate on completion of the course. Digital credentials are a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and stand out from the crowd. Find out more about our digital badges and credentials.

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Topics covered:

  • The course is based around an architectural project that can be included in a portfolio for application for an architecture or foundation course.
  • You will be introduced to spatial exploration through sketching, architectural drawing and model making.
  • There will be opportunities to go through examples of candidates' portfolios that have been successful in applications to study architecture, and clarify the "do's" and "don'ts".


Please bring with you to the first session:    

  • scale rulers    
  • 0.5mm retractable pencil    
  • fine line pens 0.1mm and 0.3mm    
  • if you would like to work on the computer your are welcome to bring your own laptop (preferably with Photoshop installed) but this is not essential and the course does not include software tuition
  • french curve (curvy rule)
  • black and coloured pencils and pens
  • second hand magazines to cut up for collage
  • different types of card and paper of various weights for model making, such as old cereal boxes, shoe boxes, grease-proof paper etc. (they don't need to be white)
  • sellotape, pins, tin foil
  • digital camera, if you have one, with download cable.


Meet the Tutor:

Learn about the practical and conceptual skills required from architects. This beginners teenagers' course will help you understand what is needed to build a portfolio and decide whether this is the subject for you.

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