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Portfolio Preparation Saturday Intensive course

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Portfolio Preparation - Saturdays

A 3-day intensive Portfolio Preparation course run over 3 Saturdays.  

This course is aimed at students who intend to apply for an Art & Design course, focusing on the major areas that should be represented in an applicant’s folder and are based in the Foundation Department here at Kingston University, which has a proud and unrivalled record in placing students onto BA (Hons) courses across a whole range of different Art & Design disciplines.

Course Code

GI Sat

Course Dates

13th January 2018 – 27th January 2018

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Course Description

Portfolio Preparation

You will be taught by tutors with a wealth of experience teaching at this level and will receive advice about what constitutes a good portfolio folder, what should be included in it, and the range of drawing skills needed. You will deal with a range of approaches to drawing- from large scale from observation, touch and sound and with a range of materials, perhaps previously unused by you.   Looking at image and text, connecting fine art practice to graphic design.   There is a history both in communication and fine art of using type and image in an exploratory and imaginative way.  You will be encouraged to make your own decisions, focused on your area of interest, as to how you wish to incorporate the two areas.   This should invest your folder with your personality and aspirations.   

Mono printing from a human figure, with high quality results that are good for narrative sequential drawing and metamorphic transfer from one object to another to produce, with student application, 2 large drawings for your folder.    

Sketchbook work, and on-going research, will form an integral part of the preparation process, with the tutor showing you examples of current Foundation students' sketchbooks to set the tone, whilst giving you research-related tasks to perform each week.  

It is important that our staff can get to know you, and focus on your strengths and weaknesses in order that the most ground can be covered by each individual student.   Staff working with you are thoroughly knowledgeable about the requirements of a good foundation folder, and will advise you for the duration of the course.

This course is designed to be completed in time to comply with the regulations for Foundation level entry, which mostly insist on a deadline of 31st January for applications.   Whilst we cannot guarantee that the work produced will result in a place at your chosen institution, we can point to our expertise and wealth of experience in this field.