Portfolio Building (Foundation)

1. Overview

This course is specifically tailored to provide guidance and instruction on preparing a portfolio for application to full-time Art and Design courses.

Students will have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills within a variety of practical disciplines:

  • Choosing the right course.
  • Support with personal statement and reference.
  • Research methods, development of ideas.
  • Sketchbook preparation.
  • Problem solving.
  • Portfolio preparation and presentation.
  • Digital portfolio advice.
  • Interview skills. 

2. What you will study

Students will build on their existing art and design knowledge and understanding, through integrated class talks and group/individual discussion.

Individual guidance on student portfolios will be given and exemplar folios will be available to illustrate content and quality of portfolio submissions. Students will develop a range of meaningful sketchbooks, vital to a successful portfolio. Students should be aware that the class will provide guidance and processes to support their folio development, with the understanding that they create further outcomes in their own time through private study.

Students will experience working directly from the artist’s life model to raise the overall standard of their observational drawing and compositional skills. 

3. Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

The minimum age requirement for this course is 16 years old. Students should have appropriate qualifications pending for entry to their chosen degree courses.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £305

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU's conditions).


Please inform Gray's School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional Information

Studio equipment: easels, trestles, and drawing-boards will be provided.  

View the Foundation Portfolio Building & Portfolio Plus Materials List (PDF 96KB)

Paper for exhibiting purposes will be provided in week 16. A life model is provided during the course.

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

Art & Design Short Course Information

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Start Date

Semester One: 15 Sept - 1 Dec 2018
Semester Two: 12 Jan - 2 Feb 2019

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
Saturdays 10:00am to 12.30pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

Academic School
Gray's School of Art
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