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How to develop a portfolio 

The aim of this course is to enhance your school artwork and build confidence in your ability to provide a digital portfolio which will ensure a place in a School of Art and Design. 


Entry requirements

Minimum age - 16 plus.

Minimum English Level - IELTS 5.5.  Intermediate. 

Minimum level in art training in IB, A level or in year 12 in their own country.


Dates: flexible start dates according to a student’s school timetable and vacations.

Fees:   £   250.00   Initial Consultation. 

             £1,000.00   Course Fee. 



Course Design 

This is a bespoke course which is designed specifically for you, based on your exact requirements and individual needs.  The course is delivered one-to-one using the full range of electronic communication.  The course covers three projects in depth and will include the following elements: 

  • Development of sketchbooks and references

  • Preliminary design work 

  • Finished pieces in 2D or 3D 

Each project is planned on a seven day timescale, but can be adjusted according to the student's availability and school timetable. 

Course Structure

  • Initially you will be required to upload examples of current work for assessment. This should include a minimum of ten pieces.  


  • Students will then be invoiced for an initial one hour consultation to discuss requirements and expectations based on your current level of work. If you then wish to proceed, we would invoice total fees for the course. 


  • Project one will be emailed to you for consideration. This will be followed up with an on-line discussion in which any questions can be clarified to ensure the most beneficial outcome and the timescale to be agreed.  


  • Within the agreed timescale, you will be required to upload your work on a regular basis for critique via email and face to face on line. This procedure will continue through the life of the project until a successful conclusion is achieved. This could take up to four hours’ contact time, not including your own studio time. 


  • Project two and three will follow the same procedure. 


Course outcomes

At the end of this course, in addition to your school artwork, you will have completed three extra projects, which will demonstrate your ability to conduct research and referencing, and to create a series of design sheets working towards a successful solution. Your final work will celebrate your personal response to each project. 

Experience at university level

Our lead consultant, Richard Adey, taught Fine Art for ten years at degree level, and went on to be Head of Foundation in Art and Design for twenty years. The success of this course has been outstanding as can be seen by many testimonials sent to us by parents. 



To book a consultation please make contact through the Contact Form.  All applicants will need to upload their images to a sharing platform prior to their consultation.

Supplementary Training

Portfolio submission to Art School 

Your school will usually support you with your application. If this is not the case, we are able to offer support with your selection and presentation of portfolio to ensure you showcase a range of skills and media within a professional and balanced dossier of work.   In addition, we are able to advise on choice of course and completion of all application


We can also offer interview training so that you can express your ideas with confidence and present yourself in the best possible light.  Our interview trainer, Professor Phil Booth, is extremely experienced as the previous Head of Foundation at Falmouth School of Art and Professor of Design in Japan. 


Fees:    Portfolio submission work   £500.00  

              Interview Training                £500.00  

              University applications: 

              quotation on request.  


Richard Adey

BA Hons MA Fine Art Fulbright fellow

'With Richard's support Emily's portfolio developed dramatically. He helped her see her work as a process rather than a final product, and made her appreciate the relevance and importance of her sketchbook as a starting point and a place in which to experiment and generate ideas. Each project Richard set had a different focus, and made Emily employ a variety of techniques and media, forcing her to think about aspects such as scale, perspective, tone, colour and style.'

Bruce Thompson, Director IH Buenos Aires 

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