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Portfolio Building

Short Course - Foundation
Portfolio Building | Foundation

This 40 hour course is specifically tailored to provide guidance and instruction on preparing a portfolio for application to full-time Art and Design courses.

Why choose a Portfolio Building course at Gray's School of Art?

  • Access to archive student portfolios and sketchbooks.
  • Support with digital portfolios and personal statements.
  • Great studio facilities. Great library facility.
  • One-to-one tailored tuition and references supplied on request.
This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Term One:
To be confirmed
Term Two:
To be confirmed

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
10.00am - 12.30pm

You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your skills within a variety of practical disciplines and receive guidance on:

  • 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

Individual guidance on student 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 your 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.

You will build on your existing knowledge and understanding of art practice through integrated class talks demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You will be taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.

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.



There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

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

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: £345

Students must provide their own materials. 

MATERIALS & Equipment

Students must provide their own materials.

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.

Details on the materials required for your course:


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

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art 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 term 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.


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.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

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

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