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Portfolio Preparation Short Course

Course description

You'll develop a body of artwork, which can be used towards a portfolio for art college application using skills and techniques in research, sketchbook development and practical work.

Your tutor will give you advice on how to present your portfolio as well as on interview techniques, your personal statement and references required. These are all important components of your university application to full-time courses and beyond.

Course outcomes

You'll produce substantial work that will enhance your portfolio and be able to talk about your work with confidence. You'll have improved your technical skills in a variety of areas and you'll be able to generate ideas for new work and new ways of working.

Who should attend

Anyone interested in applying to a foundation or BA course or adding to a portfolio. This portfolio preparation course enables students with a range of abilities to construct appropriate work to form part of a portfolio for their next step into Further and Higher Education.


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

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.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered
  • Research methods
  • Gathering and extending research
  • Use of sketchbooks
  • Idea development
  • Explore and experiment with the process of making


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A3 sketchbook
  • Set of pencils (HB, 2B,4B,6B)
  • Willow charcoal
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Cutting knife
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Acrylic paint - basic set of primary colours, black and white tubes
  • A selection of other colour materials: Quink, drawing ink, wax crayons (primary colours), wax candle, oil pastel
  • Painting Brushes for acrylic paint - small, medium, large
  • UHU glue
  • PVA glue
  • Paint palette or paper plate for mixing colours. Containers for water
  • Magazines for inspiration (not fashion magazines please)
  • Cartridge paper - A2
  • Acrylic paper pad - heavyweight, 360gsm
  • Carboard boxes for 3D project

Non-essential materials which you may find useful depending on your personal needs/individual practice:

  • Glue gun, glue sticks
  • Fabric samples
  • White matt emulsion and household paint - 1l
  • White acrylic gesso - 500ml
  • Gelli gel printing plate (set with print roller)
  • Block print ink
  • Water-based indoor spray paints
  • Specialist paints
  • Mod-roc
Meet the Tutor:

Portfolio Building for over 18’s will encourage you to develop an approach to constructing a body of art work that will extend your thinking and practice, enabling you to apply for further education courses with confidence.

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