Portfolio Preparation

Key Facts


Programme Overview


SCQF Level 6/60 GSA Credits. On completion of the course, students will have a portfolio of work for application to art school or a similar programme of study. Formative assessment throughout course. Summative review mid-course, final summative assessment end of course. Student Transcript issued.

Dates and times
Two and a half days per week
Option 1: Monday & Tuesday (9.30am - 4.30pm), Wednesday (9.30am -12.30pm)
Option 2: Wednesday (1.30pm - 4.30pm), Thursday & Friday (9.30am - 4.30pm)

£2285 - payment in full is required at the time of accepting the place

Course Leader
Deborah Holland

Programme Overview

Portfolio Preparation Course – Creative Practices

August 2021 – March 2022
Induction Day Friday 27 August 2021

Application deadline extended to week beginning Monday 23 August 2021

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The Portfolio Preparation Course - Creative Practices welcomes applications from students who wish to progress on to study Art, Design or Architecture up to degree/graduate level.

The course provides students with the opportunity to work in a unique art school studio environment, an exciting and dynamic place full of creativity and inspiration. Broad-based and flexible in content, the course is structured to assist students in the selection of a specialist area of study.

With drawing as its foundation, the course is project and critique driven. Projects vary in length ranging from one-day workshops to those that run over two to four weeks. ‘Crits’, one-to-one and group, access to the GSA Library and exhibition visits aim to broaden students' awareness of both historical and contemporary art practices. These underpin and support the studio work, enabling students to contextualise their practice and situate their work within a broader artistic context.

The course provides a platform for feedback and review of work, as well as advice on selection and presentation of work for inclusion in a portfolio for application. Students attending this course have been consistently successful in achieving entry to Higher or Further Education Fine Art and Design courses, both in Glasgow and further afield.

Please Note: At this time, we are planning and working towards a face-to-face delivery of this course in the Portfolio Studio on the GSA campus. GSA as an institution will follow all Scottish Government guidance in relation to COVID 19 and student access, adhering to all updated guidelines, creating a safe campus environment for both staff and students. Online and blended learning modes of delivery may be applicable at the start of this course, in line with Government guidance and regulations. Applicants who are offered a place will be kept up to date regarding this delivery.

The course runs for 27 weeks, from August 2021 to March 2022. 

Making an Application

An online application and submission of images are required for this course. It is not registered through UCAS and does not have any formal entry requirements, however we expect students to possess or to be working towards the relevant qualifications for their intended onward study.

Make an application using the online application form here. Course information and guidelines can be downloaded from the links on the right hand side of the page.

Application deadline: week beginning Monday 23 August 2021

This course is not open to International students as Student Visas cannot be issued due to the level, duration and mode of study.