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Portfolio Preparation for Art School for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course)

Portfolio Preparation for Art School for 16 to 18 Year Olds (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rochelle Fry


Are you interested in applying for foundation or degree level at art college? If so you will need a good portfolio showing your talent and hard work. Portfolio Preparation for Art School will introduce you to the methods and tools you will need to build a portfolio of work.  

You will be taken through daily exercises and mini projects to inspire new ways of thinking and working. We will focus on a different area of study each day including drawing, collage, painting, 3d and graphics. You will use basic materials and everyday items to produce exciting new work. There will be short tasks to complete following class that will enrich your day’s study. 

You will aim to produce a body of work that can be added to your portfolio by the end of the course.  In addition to this you will have learnt about how to continue a good working practice for the future and given invaluable tips for college applications.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with expert tutors
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Topics covered

  • Drawing
  • Collage/Sketchbook
  • 3d/photography
  • Painting
  • Graphics

Who should take this course?

  • Students with an interest in art and design, including complete beginners
  • Those who have recently completed a GCSE in art and design, or those studying art at 'A' of 'AS' level
  • Students aiming to apply for study art and design at foundation level
  • International baccalaureate students aged between 16 and 18 who need to be better equipped to apply to a foundation course
  • Students already on a foundation course who want to improve their portfolio for degree application.

Entry requirements: A good command of basic spoken English.

Level: The course is suitable for beginners as well as those already studying art and design.

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

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Rochelle Fry is an artist and educator who lives and works in London. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Art in London where she studied sculpture, she has exhibited her work in the UK and internationally. Rochelle is a long standing member of Five Years, an artist run gallery, she curates exhibitions and coordinates collaborative projects. Rochelle has 10 years extensive experience teaching short courses at CSM including drawing and portfolio preparation. She writes bespoke courses preparing and mentoring students for successful art university applications and also teaches drawing at the Civil Engineering Department, City University, London.


Materials needed for the course:

  • A set of soft pencils
  • Erasors, sharpener and ruler
  • Marker pens
  • Bic biro
  • Tape
  • Charcoal
  • Colour oil pastels or crayons
  • Cartridge paper in different sizes A1-A4
  • Assorted Colour and textured papers including anything recycled
  • Old magazines or books (to be cut up)
  • Pile of newspapers (to be cut up)
  • Modelling clay
  • Garden wire and cutter
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Indian or chinese black ink
  • water colours
  • brushes
  • A camera, (your phone will do)
  • A bright desk lamp

Technical Requirements:

Prior to the start of your course, please ensure you have:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • 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 -

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