Gray's School of Art

Portfolio Building

Short Course - Foundation

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

You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your skills within a variety of practical disciplines including; choosing the right course, support with personal statement and reference, as well as research methods and development of ideas. You will also be aided with sketchbook and portfolio preparation/presentation, problem solving, and will be advised on your digital portfolio and have the opportunity to practice interview skills.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
Semester One:
14 Sept - 30 Nov 2019
Semester Two:
11 Jan - 1 Feb 2020
Course Length
40 hours (16 weeks)
10.00am to 12.30pm

You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your 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

You will build on your existing art and design knowledge and understanding, through integrated class talks and individual/group discussion. Individual guidance on  portfolios will be given and exemplar folios will be available to illustrate content and quality of portfolio submissions. 

You will develop a range of meaningful sketchbooks, vital to a successful portfolio. You should be aware that the class will provide guidance and processes to support your folio development, with the understanding that you create further outcomes in our own time through private study. You will experience working directly from the artist’s life model to raise the overall standard of your observational drawing and compositional skills. 


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

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

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.


This course is not formally assessed. 



Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. 

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.


The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.



Students should have appropriate qualifications pending for entry to their chosen degree courses.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.


Course fee: £335


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Student ID Cards

Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:  

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Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


Apply direct to the university using our online application form. 

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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