Building an art and design portfolio

Course Dates: 06/07/21 - 10/08/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
This onine course will support you in building a wide-ranging portfolio of artwork either to boost your artistic growth or to support an application for further study. You will explore a wide range of art and design projects resulting in new and diverse work alongisde support with presentation and how best to showcase your ideas.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00

Course Code: VO220

Tue, eve, 06 Jul - 10 Aug '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

You will explore a wide range of art and design projects, media and develop skills in printmaking, drawing, painting, illustration, 3D design, sculpture, and other subjects. You will be shown how to prepare both a physical and online portfolio, to support an art portfolio based application (Foundation, Higher Education, further study). This can also support your personal benefit or be completed for professional purposes. You will engage with a series of inspirational illustrated talks on contemporary and traditional artists and designers that will suppport your practcial ideas and development. You will also be supported through critiques and ongoing feedback.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Session 1 Collage: Explore the many techniques possible with collage to illustrate a story.
Session 2 Drawing: Developing multiple drawing techniques from life but also from other sources.
Session 3 Painting: Develop personal mark making styles and investigate different ways to use paint.
Session 4 Mixed media: Explore the possibilities of energising work by combining imagery and mixing together different media.
Session 5 Text and Illustration: Develop ways to integrate text and image and create a typographic style.
Session 6 Illustration: Exploring the unique requirements of magazine illustration.
Session 7 Book making: Explore the requirements of book illustration and book cover design. Look at book illustrators.
Session 8 Personal project: Develop a personal project with help from the tutor. This could be a series of book covers, book illustrations, graphic novel or other substantial theme.
Session 9 Personal project: Develop a personal project to a finished state suitable for portfolio presentation.
Session 10 Portfolio layout: Develop the layout and design of a portfolio for application to university or for commercial purposes.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Work with confidence in a wide range of art and design mediums
- Present a portfolio full of diverse projects
- Improved the visual quality of your work
- Expanded knowledge of colour, composition, form, space, line and tone
- Present your work to its best advantage.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is designed for all levels form those who wish to start engaging with new art and design work for future progression or those who need to develop their portfolio for a specific route. You will leave the course with a portfolio that will support your personal progression.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be group discussions, individual tutorials, lectures, demonstrations and practical activities in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom. Full details of this will be provided on enrolment and a reminder email sent out 3 days before the course starts.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

To start the course, you will need a basic kit of art materials that could include:
- pens / pencils / acylic paint / drawing ink / white and coloured paper

Your tutor will provide you with futher suggestions for additional materials you might like to obtain for the course, but these are not mandatory and we will be be able to work with what each individual has.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We offer portfolio courses both as an online or studio based option that run termly. For more information and further details please visit

Rod Judkins

Rod Judkins is an artist and writer. He gained an MA at the Royal College of Art and has had numerous one man exhibitions across the world. He has also exhibited at Tate Britain, The National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Academy. He lectures on the subject of creativity at universities and to businesses around the world. His first book, Change Your Mind: 57 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Self and his second book, The Art of Creative Thinking, were international best sellers, with sales in hundreds of thousands and have been translated into over fifteen languages. He has delivered creative thinking workshops and talks to some of the worlds top companies such as Apple, Google, Bombay Sapphire and Samsung and to Medical Science students at University College London in The Royal Free Hospital for the last few years.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.