Art Design - Portfolio Preparation Course

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Why choose this course?

Course Dates:

Mondays 28 September to 07 December 2020 (exc 19 and 26 October 2020, half term)

Cost: £145

This is a very practical course which gives you the opportunity to experiment with both 2D and 3D art and design techniques.

It’s the perfect way to build your portfolio if you have not taken an art and design foundation course but are thinking about further studies. It will help you to gain confidence in both making and talking about your work.

During this course you will:

  • Learn idea generation and research skills and be able to demonstrate your approach to them in your work, through process notebooks.
  • Take part in group discussions where you will practice answering interview questions. You will gain both experience and take away tips for success in the interview process. You will also learn to speak about the themes in your work to your peers. 
  • Be encouraged to practice new techniques and ways of working, exploring new forms of creative thinking and making.
  • Complete a variety of short projects in drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic and product design.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course you will have a strong set of both 2D and 3D work which crosses over between fine art and design practice. You will be able to demonstrate your ideas and research skills, create process books which evidence those skills, and feel confident in discussing and presenting your work at interview and with peers.

Useful information


This course is for 13 to 17 year olds.


Parents: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name.

Where to find us

Our address is College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. The School of Creative Arts is on the bottom left corner of the downloadable map. You can use car park P-E to park your car for drop off and collection.


Each group will have an art assistant with them for the whole time whilst they are taking part in the course. This assistant can help you with any problems you have while you are on site. All tutors and associated helpers for this course have been DBS checked.

Emergency contact

We need to have your contact numbers so we can contact your parents/carers in an emergency. These must be confirmed on the first day, when you are registering. If you need to contact us, please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327.  


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (this is what art is all about!). An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal. Please bring this with you from your first day.


All materials and equipment needed to take part in all of our children's summer workshops will be provided by the University. You do not need to supply any materials of your own.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your name and any instructions. These medications can be administered by us provided a medical permission form has been signed and handed in on arrival on your first day.


We are all looking forward to a fun week, but to help things run smoothly, there are some rules we would like you to follow. To make sure that you have read them, we would like you to sign the rules form and return it to us on your first day.

All forms are emailed after enrolment.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
28/09/202007/12/2020Mondays 17.00 to 19.00£145Apply online