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Portfolio Preparation

If you're interested in applying for a full-time creative course, it's important to have a well presented and varied portfolio.

Course details

This updated and revised course has been specially developed for students who are at a stage where they wish to prepare their artwork and portfolio for the next exciting step in their creative journey. This course is aimed at students aged 14-16+ years, to help them develop their portfolios and gain confidence in displaying and sharing their work in preparation for applications to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and/or Undergraduate study or even potential future employment.

Each week students will learn new skills in portfolio preparation, using a range of equipment and techniques that are vital in the art world and creative industries. Students don’t need to already be applying for creative courses and all we ask is that students come with lots of enthusiasm and ideas!

We at AUB understand how important our young creative artists are in having so much potential and with so much ability and enthusiasm, students will have support and guidance from their dedicated tutor and course assistant to fully explore their creative potential and how best to display and share their ideas and completed work.

  • Experimental Drawing & Illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Colour and Composition
  • Exploring surface and texture
  • Three-dimensional work
  • Photography
  • Collage & Mixed Media
  • Creative idea development and a deeper understanding of Context
  • Sketchbook work
  • Guidance on Portfolio development and presentation
  • Advice on photographing and digitising work
  • Portfolio Review and creative arts progression advice

  • Develop an innovative and exciting personal portfolio of work which demonstrates emerging ideas, interests and motivations.
  • An improved understanding of the creative process for Art and Design
  • To improve on fundamental art and design skills whilst learning new skills and techniques.
  • Gain confidence in sharing work with peers and discussing ideas.
  • Boost confidence and creativity!
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance

Term Dates Time

Autumn term

23, 30 October | 6, 13, 20, 27 November | 4, 11 December 2021


Meet your tutor

Claire Flexen is a very passionate tutor, who has accumulated 21 years of experience in teaching and lecturing at the Arts University Bournemouth and this has mostly been focused towards supporting and developing students on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Claire recently completed her MA in Illustration at AUB and is also a practising Textiles and Surface Pattern Designer and Artist – working out of her small studio in Poole. She is a passionate advocate supporting students on their creative journeys and helping to guide them to their chosen specialism.

Entry requirements and fees

Ideally students should be aged between 14-16+ years and be prepared to bring lots of energy and enthusiasm!

This course costs £199 and all course materials are provided by AUB.

Contact the team

If you have any questions, get in touch with the Saturday Art School team on 01202 363222 or at