Portfolio Preparation

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Programme Overview

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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.

Course Leader
Deborah Holland

Programme Overview

Applications now open for 2022/23

Application form available here

Deadline: Friday 19 August 2022

The Portfolio Preparation Course - Creative Practices welcomes applications from those who wish to progress on to study Fine Art, Design or Architecture up to Degree/Graduate level.

This 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, it 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. One-to-one and group crits, access to the GSA Library and exhibition visits aim to broaden student's 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 will provide a platform for feedback and review, 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, Design and Architecture courses in Glasgow, Scotland and further afield.


The course runs for 24 weeks as follows:

September 2022 to February 2023, 2.5 days/15 hours per week

Option One: Monday and Tuesday (9:30am – 4:30pm), Wednesday (9:30am – 12:30pm)

Option Two: Wednesday (1:30pm – 4:30pm), Thursday and Friday (9:30am – 4:30pm)

Making an application

An online application and submission of images are required for this course. An application form is available here, and application guidelines can be downlaoded here.

The course is not registered through UCAS and does not have any formal entry requirements, however we expect students to possess or be working towards the relevant qualifications for their intended onward study. For international applicants, proof of English proficiency is required.