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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

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.

Summer stays for 16 to 18 year olds

Did you know UAL accommodation is available for short course students during summer?  We offer two packages both include accommodation, breakfast, and 24 hour Student Ambassador support.

Add to your experience with a Summer Stays Social Package
Available between 18 July 2022 and ends on 12 August 2022. This package includes an events calendar put on by our Social Programme with daily activities. Find out more.

Accommodation only - available between 30 June 2022 and ends on 27 August 2022.

Short course students also receive a discounted rate when booking. Find out more and book your place.

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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