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Plan, create, succeed! : portfolio preparation


Duration: 20 weeks

Price: £1800

Run by: Julie Read
at Portfolio Oomph

This course is also taught online.

16 Park Road
Newtongrange
Dalkeith
Midlothian
EH22 4JW

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About the Course

A successful and interesting portfolio is not about how well you can draw or how high your grades at school are. If you just want to get out of the rut of technique based learning and you want to actually challenge how you think and therefore how your ideas develop, this course is for you.

It’s about ideas, the way you think and create. I have deliberately designed this programme to have a perfect balance between learning and doing.

This portfolio preparation course is for you if you’re committed to dedicating your time to a serious plan to get into an Undergraduate art or design degree course in the UK. You must have the required eligibility from your dream colleges but just lacking that important portfolio.

I’ll be holding your hand (and kicking your ass when necessary!) every step of the way to ensure that failure is absolutely not an option.

*20 week portfolio preparation course – start any time of the year – (fast track in 10 weeks available) – registering now

*video tutorials throughout the course so you can study anywhere in the world at a time, pace and place for your own convenience and flexibility

*10 hours a week commitment minimum (for fast track 20 hours per week) – how you do this is up to you but that’s 2 hours a day at least to enable the full effect of the course content to be exploited.

*5 x 1 hour long critiques of your work by me, Julie Read via Skype/Zoom (or in person if you’re within distance of Edinburgh) giving feedback to ensure it’s working – coaching gives you accountability, a structure and a plan for the end result.

*UCAS personal statement guidance and review.

*5 compelling projects that will develop your ideas, creativity and encourage risk taking, experimentation and individuality. The projects are designed to end procrastination providing you with 4 ways to start a project taking you through all aspects of the creative process. You will produce work that reflects YOUR view of the world.

*You will learn how to reflect on, analyse and evaluate your work. This fulfils the requirement from the Colleges for a student to possess strong critical judgement skills.

*Your work will develop in relation to other artists and designers (context). The College’s assess your portfolio on context and you’ll need to demonstrate you are aware of other relevant contemporary artists/designers.

*You’ll learn how to take good photos of your work. It is essential that your work is represented well for your digital portfolio submissions.

*Interview guidance and advice – you may be asked to take part in a Skype interview and how you come across in interview can make or break your application. You need to be able to talk about your work with confidence and our Skype/Zoom tutorials assist here.

*I will compile your digital portfolio for a maximum of 5 UK colleges/universities, with your opinions at the core. I don’t just let you go then, as this time can be crucial and you can get it horrendously wrong just putting the final touches together.

**And if that wasn’t exciting enough, we have 2 bonuses!**

*Private Facebook support group where aside from meeting other like-minded people/creative friends, it will boost morale and build motivation with my expert advice at your fingertips. You’ll be able to support each other as you interview for your first choice college and celebrate your successes together.

*Exclusive access to my video presentation “Drawing – keeping it current” that was commissioned for The Art of Education. This will challenge your views on drawing and how you can embed it in your creative practice to produce that knockout portfolio

All ages from 16 years upwards. All levels of expertise including beginners.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.


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