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Art and Design for 11 to 15 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

Course description

Join Art and Design for 11 to 15 Year Olds and work with a practicing artist to explore processes of making artwork and developing ideas in a similar working method to those used at art college.

We will look at modern and contemporary artists and designers, with a focus on learning about artistic practice and developing ideas. You will experiment directly with materials - outside of a sketchbook. Please make sure you bring a camera or camera phone to document this, so you can add images to your sketchbook when you get home.

You will create work in different sizes and formats and experiment with a range of media. In the second half of the week, you'll develop your own project, with your tutor, and on the final day present and celebrate your work within the group.

Course outcomes

  • You'll have made new work and have explored some contemporary art techniques and processes.
  • The planning skills you'll have developed in making and exhibiting the work can be transferred to a portfolio for future studies.
  • The artists you will have explored can feed into your sketchbook and research.

Who should attend

Anyone between 11 and 15 who wants to learn about the artistic process, from generating ideas to presenting your work. Its ideal if you want to add some work to your portfolio or just explore your flair and creativity.

Please note 11 - 15 year old learners are not allowed to leave the site during the day. There is a canteen onsite, with a wide range of meals and snacks available. Alternatively you may wish to bring a packed lunch with you. There are microwaves available to re heat food if you wish and if you bring a reusable water bottle with you there are a number of places to refill it.

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 methodologies will be explained or demonstrated
  • We also offer learning resources for you to access outside of the classroom

All our on campus courses include:

  • 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 to your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

All our online short courses include:

  • Live and interactive online lessons with classmates from around the world
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions
  • Ask questions to your tutor in real time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your CV

UAL International Summer School

Can’t see any available dates for this course? For a similar experience we recommend booking onto UAL International Summer School for 11 to 15 Year Olds Short Course.

Available dates

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Make an enquiry or call us on 0207 514 7015.


Topics covered

  • Learn how to make and present work
  • Researching modern and contemporary artists and designers
  • Developing ideas and talking about your work
  • Documenting your work


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine).
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -


  • A sketchbook
  • A selection of acrylic paints
  • Felt tip pens
  • Coloured pencils
  • A collection of magazines and newspapers for collaging
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Paint brushes
  • Drawing pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Sellotape
  • Glue stick
  • Eraser
  • A digital camera or camera phone to document the process of making work.
Please have available any other drawing or painting materials you are comfortable using.

Onsite Short Course Materials

If possible please bring a camera or camera phone to record the process of making work, and the outcomes. Everything needed to complete the course is provided, but please feel free to bring any current sketchbooks or materials you enjoy using.

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