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Art Portfolio for 15 - 17 Year Olds

Art and Design Portfolio
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 26 July 2021
  • Course duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Art encourages you to be a spontaneous, original thinker and have a great imagination.

Spark your creativity and express yourself on this exciting, experimental course.

You will have the opportunity to explore both 2D and 3D contemporary art techniques and use unconventional materials whilst developing your own unique style.

Perfect for artists who enjoy trying new things, this course is a great way to develop your portfolio if you are thinking about further studies.

It’s also an ideal way to build your confidence and work on your creative skills, gaining a real hands-on experience of what it's like to be an art student at university.

You’ll undertake a series of exercises in the studio that will incorporate drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and surface design; and then work on a personal project using the techniques you have most enjoyed.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you will have a visual record of your experiments that will be perfect for your portfolio.

You will be able to demonstrate your ideas and research skills and feel confident in discussing and presenting your work.

You will also leave with new ideas and a greater understanding of the processes and materials used in art, so you can continue to develop your skills.

Where you’ll learn:

You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You will find open-plan studios and well-equipped workshop spaces to develop your ideas and have access to everything you need in order to create exciting work.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

"I enjoyed the feeling of being at uni, the independence and the amount of work we produced." EM

"Final projects were really interesting and loads of fun to use different skills and materials." EA

"Really, really good. I've learnt what to expect from art school." EB

"Very enjoyable week - I recommend staying in the accommodation." LK

Tutor profile: James Gant has been teaching painting and drawing at various educational institutions for the past 14 years after completing his degree in fine art.

He works as a freelance artist on a range of exciting projects including films, book illustrations and murals as well as his own personal work.

He has vast experience in teaching creative painting and drawing techniques to all skill levels and feels it important that the learner understands the potential of the materials so that they can explore and express themselves in an exciting and personal way.

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

If you're aged 16 or 17 then you can stay unaccompanied with agreement from a parent/guardian.

If you're aged 15 then you can stay as long as you are accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Find out more at:

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award?

This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During this course you will:

  • draw from observation, concentrating on proportion, line and tone
  • practise mark making with different tools and materials
  • understand colour theory through painting
  • learn how to demonstrate your approach to idea generation and research skills
  • explore mixed media techniques
  • take part in both group discussions and one-to-one tutorials
  • develop your practical skills in 3D techniques (such as simple casting)
  • be encouraged to practise new ways of working
  • record and reflect on your work throughout the course
  • receive guidance on portfolio development.

You will also gain an understanding of contemporary artists and their working methods by visiting a local art gallery.

You’ll discuss the artists’ approach and consider how this can inform you own ways of working.

Entry requirements

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: You should have an enthusiasm for drawing and painting and an interest in developing your creative and technical skills.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: You should have an enthusiasm for drawing and painting and an interest in developing your creative and technical skills.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £450.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £450.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418