Portfolio Courses

A Level Portfolio Course

Our one-year or two-term Portfolio Course provides post-A-level students with excellent technical training as well as the opportunity to develop individual creativity and experimentation.

The course prepares students for both a Foundation course at art school and admission to a degree course at university. Areas of study available include painting, drawing, printmaking, architectural study, graphics, fashion & textiles, photography, and contextual studies.

We create an individual programme for each student dependent on their interests and requirements.

Fine Arts

The Fine Art course develops skills in drawing and painting, life-drawing, sketchbooks and journal work, collage and construction, some sculptural methods, and new media.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design and Printmaking involve creating and structuring figurative and non-figurative images, using techniques such as collograph, woodcut, linocut, drypoint, monoprinting, etching, collage, stencilling, painting, drawing and some computer-aided design.


Photography introduces a broad range of imaging opportunities, including both digital and traditional film. The central emphasis is on contemporary photographic practices in form and content, reflecting current issues and ideas.


Textiles is a multi-disciplinary course offering a range of textile design specialisms, including stitch, weave, print and mixed media. Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on visual research for design and concept development.


Post-A Level Portfolio Course

 Fine Arts Portfolio course is a post A Level two or three-term course designed to enable you to progress to a degree course at university or prepare you for work in the creative industries.

This course offers the practical skills, methodologies and critical independence needed to develop a visual language and individual approach as a creative practitioner.

Areas of Study

Development of idea or theme in a choice of two or three of the following disciplines:

  • Painting
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Printmaking
  • Film
  • Music
  • Photography

 All courses include weekly sessions in experimental life drawing and contextual studies in artists and practices.

Guidance through the application process forms an integral part of the course.