Key Facts


Programme Overview

Summer Courses
Portfolio Preparation: An Introduction to Fine Art & Design Practices
Introduction to Architecture (Portfolio Preparation)
Week-long courses as part of our Summer School Programme.

Evening Courses
Portfolio Preparation Evening Course Fine Art/Design runs on Wednesday evenings from September to February. Applications open August 2017.

Architecture Portfolio Preparation runs for one evening each week from October to December. Details can be found in the Autumn/Spring Brochure.

Portfolio Preparation Saturday Courses for 5th and 6th Years
This course is part of our Autumn/Spring Programme from October to March. Details can be found in the Autumn/Spring Brochure now.

Course Leaders:

Deborah Holland

Joanie Jack


Evening Course Tutors:

Calum Matheson

Alan Moore


Architecture Portfolio Tutors

Isabel Garriga


Saturday Course Tutors:

Inez Grierson

Paul Brady

Programme Overview


Applications for this course will be open again in August 2017.

Application consists of an application form and a submission of sample work.

Download the following documents to find out all of the information.

  • Portfolio Preparation Evening Course details: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Portfolio Preparation Evening Guidelines for applicants: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Portfolio Preparation Evening Application form: DOWLOAD HERE

Portfolio Preparation Evening Course Fine Art/Design runs on Wednesday evenings from September to February. With an emphasis on drawing, you will learn how to examine and develop your ideas through a variety of 2D and 3D drawing, mark-making, colour exploration and using sketchbooks. An important part of the course is researching and developing your ideas through independent work, and so you will be encouraged to extend your work out with the Studio hours. Individual studio tutorials, group discussion and critique will help develop your creative process and encourage lateral thinking. There will also be an opportunity to view the portfolios of previous successful candidates. This is a flexible course of study, designed by the Course Leaders and delivered by Tutors to help each student achieve their next step. You will find the course applicable whether your goal is to begin to understand the fundamentals of building a portfolio, move onto a more intensive portfolio preparation course, or apply to a degree. 

Further information and application forms can be found above.

Read the course information below or in the brochure HERE and book your place by phoning the department on any of the following numbers between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday:

0141 353 4596
0141 566 1311
0141 566 1119
0141 353 4565

Architecture Portfolio Preparation
Term One only
Tutor: TBC
This course is designed to assist you in putting together a portfolio of work for application to Architecture School or a similar course of study. A range of studio based exercises and projects will introduce you to skills such as perspective drawing and model-making, while small scale design projects will help develop your practical understanding of spatial organisation and proportion. Please note that this course does not guarantee acceptance into any Art or Architecture Programme.
Location: Bourdon Building
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Fee: £200
Term One: Monday 3 October to Monday 5 December 2016
Term One: Tuesday 4 October to Tuesday 29 November 2016 (Tutor: Isabel Garriga)

Portfolio Preparation for 5th & 6th Years
Term One: Saturday 29 October to Saturday 17 December 2016
Term Two: Saturday 7 January to Saturday 18 March 2017
This course is aimed specifically at 5th & 6th Year Secondary School students who are interested in application to HE/FE Art and Design courses. Centred on drawing you will learn how to examine and develop visual ideas through a variety of 2D and 3D media and methods. You will be encouraged to solve problems creatively through research and practice and develop a greater sense of critical awareness. An integral component of the course is resourcing and exploring ideas through independent sketchbook work, which should extend your practice out with the studio and class hours. Please note that this course does not guarantee acceptance into any HE/FE Art and Design programme.
Day: Saturday
Location: McLellan Galleries
Time: 10am – 12noon (5th Years) 2pm – 4pm (6th Years)
Fee: £240

Eligibility: Please note, courses are open to anyone over the age of 16 and we welcome students of all levels of ability. Some of these courses are suited to advanced level students and this information will be included in the course title or description.

Materials: Students will be asked to provide their own materials unless otherwise stated. A materials list will be provided when courses are confirmed.

Further information, including cancellation policy is available HERE.

Please note: Information on this page is for the Portfolio Preparation Short Courses Including: Portfolio Preparation Evening Course (one evening per week during term-time); Portfolio Preparation for 5th and 6th Years; Portfolio Preparation Summer Courses (week-long courses during summer); and Architecture Portfolio Evening Course.

If you are interested in the Foundation Programme Portfolio Preparation Course: Fine Art & Design Creative Practices which runs for 2.5 days per week from August to March, please see this page

An application and submission of images is required for some of our Portfolio Preparation Courses. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the website at relevant times of the year.