Portfolio Preparation

Key Facts


Programme Overview


Students will on completion of the course 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)

It is compulsory that all students from both options attend Induction day on Friday 7 August 2020.

£1985 - payment in full is required at the time of accepting the place

Course Leaders
Deborah Holland
Joanie Jack

Programme Overview

Portfolio Preparation Course – Creative Practices

The Portfolio Preparation Course - Creative Practices welcomes applications from students who wish to go 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 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 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.

The course runs for 27 weeks as follows:

Induction Day:
Friday 7 August 2020

Term One:
Monday 10 August to Friday 11 December 2020
(18 weeks)

Term Two:
Monday 4 January to Friday 5 March 2021
(9 weeks)

Making an Application

Applications for the programme for 2020/21 are now closed. The application details for 2021/22 will be posted here when they are available. 

The course is not registered through UCAS and does not have any formal entry requirements, however we expect students to possess the relevant qualifications for their intended onward study. The deadline for applications will be announced shortly.

Please note this course is not suitable for non-EU students as they would not be able to obtain an appropriate Visa to enter the UK.

The Open Studio department also runs short courses in portfolio building - see the Open Studio website for details.