Portfolio Summer School

Key Facts


Programme Overview

How to Apply

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Discounted Fees
If you are a senior citizen in receipt of a state pension, unemployed or a full time FE or HE student, a discounted fee of 10% of the Course Fee is applicable. You will be required to email a scanned copy of your evidence to open-studio@gsa.ac.uk within 5 days of booking.

To benefit from the Discounted Fee, enter the code: Discount_Fee in the ‘Promotion Code’ box

Summer School Discount

If you book more than one Summer School course at the full rate for the same adult, you will be eligible for a discount of £20 per course booked. To apply this discount, enter the code: SS_Multi in the ‘Promotion Code’ box.

Deborah Holland (weeks 1 + 2)
Joanie Jack (weeks 3 + 4)

Programme Overview

If you are thinking about studying Fine Art or Design Degree courses in the future, this course is a great way to begin working on your portfolio. The course will introduce you to learning within a studio environment in an Art School and to creative processes applied in building a body of fine art or design work. The initial focus is on progressing core drawing skills, through a range of traditional and contemporary, analytical and experimental methods and approaches, in both 2D and 3D forms. You will also learn ways to visualise and progress your ideas practically, including being encouraged to expand your knowledge of artist/designer practices and develop a ‘sketchbook’ practice.

Some of the work you produce could potentially form part of both digital and full portfolio submissions. There will also be the opportunity to view the portfolios of previously successful Undergraduate Degree Course/Art School applicants from the GSA Portfolio Preparation Part-time Course. It is essential you bring a camera (including video - optional) to this course to document your studio activity and creative process. This is an introductory course and students will not have completed a portfolio by the end of the week

The course can be booked in one week blocks for the following dates:

Week 1: 25 - 29 June
Week 2: 2 - 6 July
Week 3: 9 - 13 July
Week 4: 16 - 20 July

After clicking 'book now' you will be able to select which week(s) you wish to book. The course can be booked for one or multiple weeks depending on the individual needs of the student.

Taking a summer course in portfolio preparation is a great way to find out if this is the path for you. If you want to take the next step and work on completing your portfolio for application, we also offer a Portfolio Preparation Course running 2.5 days per week for 27 weeks from August to March. More information and an application form is available here.