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Creating A Project Portfolio for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Creating A Project Portfolio for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Kate Collins, Rochelle Fry, Marc Hulson


Strong researchers make strong designers and this course offers a step-by-step guide through a project, from initial inspiration to final outcome. Be it fashion, textiles, 3D design, painting or any other design discipline, this course will help you establish yourself with a personal and inspiring formula for creative research with the aim of leading you to a great final outcome. The course strongly emphasizes the importance of credible research in every project in your portfolio.

Topics covered

  • You will be asked to research your surroundings by photographing, drawing and making collage.
  • You will be encouraged to turn that research into wonderful ideas and concepts towards the creation of outstanding fashion collections, products and works of art.
  • All your ideas and findings will be narrowed down and clear threads will start to emerge. This will establish the direction that your project will take.
  • With the aid of one-to-one advice and group tutorials, you will really examine and push your work to maximize results.
  • We will visit some of London's most magnificent, bizarre and exciting museums, galleries and curiosities.
  • You will hear from industry researchers who work for some of the biggest creative companies.
  • We will get the opportunity to explore professional portfolios to consider different ways of getting your research into your sketchpad or presentation of choice.

By the end of the course you should have a full body of work with designs. This will hopefully be the beginning of a continuing process of development of your portfolio. You will have created a full and exciting sketchpad, including illustrations, collages and 3D design mock-ups for future expansion.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed to help students understand how to work on a creative project, and will be particularly useful to those planning on studying at Foundation or BA level.

Entry requirements: You should be between 16 and 18 years old.

Level: Beginners as well as more experienced students wishing to strengthen their portfolios.

Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.

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

Tutor Description

Kate Collins formed the London based Creative Consultancy, CastenskjoldCollins, in 2010 after working within the Illustration and Fashion Industry since graduating from BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Print at Central Saint Martins in 2009. She splits her time between London and Copenhagen working in styling, production, exhibitions and events.

Rochelle Fry is an artist and educator who lives and works in London. A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools London, Rochelle has exhibited her work in London and internationally. As a long standing member of Five Years, a well-established artist run gallery, she curates exhibitions and coordinates collaborative projects. Rochelle has extensive experience teaching short courses at CSM including Art & Design summer workshops, and drawing and portfolio preparation courses. She teaches bespoke courses preparing and mentoring students for successful art university applications and also teaches drawing at the Civil Engineering Department, City University, London.

Marc Hulson is a London based visual artist. He pursues an investigative, experimental approach to relationships between media: while working primarily with painting and drawing, he practices collaboratively in diverse fields (moving image, sound, installation, performance). He has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows at public, private and independent galleries internationally, including the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Kunsthal KAdE in The Netherlands; Beaconsfield, London; Smack Mellon, New York and Kunstverein Heppenheim, Germany. He is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins on the MA Fine Art course and a Visiting Lecturer at Winchester School of Art. He is an active member and co-founder of the artists’ co-operative project Five Years.


Please bring to the first session:

  • Sketchpad or loose sheets of paper (x 24) no smaller than A3
  • Pens/Inks/Pencils/Paints and any other drawing equipment/tools desired.
  • Scissors/Glue
  • Camera (if possible)
  • Please allow a maximum of £40 to purchase other materials during the course (e.g. photocopies and photographic prints).

Available dates