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Pre-Foundation Portfolio Preparation for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

Pre-Foundation Portfolio Preparation for 16 to 18 year olds 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 3You'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.

Course outcomes
You'll have an understanding of the foundation course environment and appreciate the approaches and methodology needed for this type of study. You'll add to your portfolio with a body of work that reflects your experience of answering project briefs.

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.

Available dates

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


Topics covered:

  • Preparing surfaces, Textural and Line drawing
  • Self-portrait / study in sketch book of architecture
  • Visit to a London gallery
  • Drawing in Sketchbooks from Museum and local area
  • Collecting visual source material
  • Transposing, transforming, drawing
  • Mood boards and mixed media work
  • 3D spatial interpretation project
  • 3D/sculptural work based on urban drawing


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

  • A3 Sketch book

  • Basic drawing equipment; B Grade pencil, pencil sharpener

  • Fine black felt tip

  • Coloured pencils

  • Primary colours and black/white acylic paints

  • Selection of paint brushes (synthetic and hog hair)

  • Erasers soft and hard

  • Household painting brush, 2cm minimum size

  • Charcoal

  • Apron/old shirt

  • If you have one, a camera. Please note that this is not an essential item

  • Something to transport your work home in e.g. A3 plastic portfolio

Meet the Tutor:

Portfolio Preparation for teenagers 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.

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