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Portfolio Preparation for Architecture for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Portfolio Preparation for Architecture for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Miraj Ahmed


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.

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".

Entry requirements: You must be at least 16 and under 19 years old.

Level: Beginners

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

Tutor Description

Miraj Ahmed is an artist and architect. He has taught at the Architectural Association since 2000, is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Art and was a Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge from 2006 to 2014.


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.

Available dates