Skip to main content Go to Site Map
A person arranging pieces of card to resemble flower petals. They are being placed on an in-progress artwork of a human head and hair.

Portfolio Preparation for the Creative Arts (stage 1)

This practical course has been specially designed for young artists aged 14-16 to prepare their artwork and portfolio for the next exciting step in their creative journey.

To book your young artist’s place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for Saturday Art School updates.

What you need to know

When does it run?

Saturday 30 September – 18 November 2023

How long is the course?

8 weeks

What time are the classes?


Where does it take place?

Classes will take place on AUB's campus.

Your young artist will be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Who's this course for?

This course has been developed for aspiring artists aged 14-16.

This age range is a guide; please contact us if your young artist is outside this recommended age group and we’ll discuss whether it’s suitable for them. We assess queries like this on a case-by-case basis.

Does my young artist need any qualifications or experience?

No. This is an introductory course, so your young artist doesn't need any previous experience, just buckets of enthusiasm!

I’m not sure if this is suitable for my young artist. Can I speak to someone?

Yes of course! If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for your young artist, get in touch with us: email or call +44 (0) 1202 363222.

Why should you choose this course?

This course is designed for budding creatives to be curious, experimental, and discover their unique creative voice.

Your young artist will learn alongside up to 16 other like-minded youngsters, make friends, and have fun along the way.

At the end of the course, your young artist will leave with a fully developed, innovative and exciting personal portfolio of work which demonstrates emerging ideas, interests, and motivations.

They’ll have an increased confidence in their abilities, a wealth of new skills that they can apply to their everyday life and beyond, and an excitement for future art and design studies.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

  • All course materials and resources

What should you bring to class?

  • Everything your young artist will need to take part in the course will be provided by us – no hidden costs!
  • Classes are practical, so wear clothes that you don't mind your young artists getting messy

About this course

On this course students will be guided to develop their portfolios and gain confidence in displaying and sharing their work. Each week your young artists will learn new skills in portfolio preparation, using a range of equipment and techniques that are vital in the art world and creative industries.

Throughout this course your young artists will explore and experiment with a range of different artistic subjects, to allow them to discover their preferred specialism. Subjects covered include drawing, printmaking, photography, and illustration.

As well as exploring different subjects, your young artists will develop new skills using a range of materials and will cover fundamentals such as colour, composition, line, texture, and surface. Together, these skills will allow your young artist to develop their unique creative voice that’ll allow their personalities and own points of view to be expressed effortlessly in their work.

At every turn, your young artist will be supported to fully explore their creative talent and how best to display and share their ideas and completed work.

  • Experimental drawing and illustration
  • Printmaking
  • Colour and composition
  • Exploring surface and texture
  • Three-dimensional work
  • Photography
  • Collage and 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

  • Possess improved fundamental art and design skills as well as new skills and techniques
  • Feel fully prepared to take the next step in their creative journey and approach it with confidence and the tools to succeed
  • Have an improved understanding of the creative processes required for a range of art and design subjects
  • Be the proud owner of a robust and exciting portfolio of work that they’ve completed throughout the course and demonstrates emerging ideas, interests, and motivations
  • Have increased confidence in their own skills and when sharing their work and discussing ideas
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Untap their potential and talent
  • Appreciate the importance of good time management
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore their ideas
  • Appreciate teamwork and team building ethics
  • Feel inspired by the new skills they've learnt and from sharing ideas with new friends
  • Have the foundations to continue creating beyond this course

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Saturday Art School certificate of attendance.

After this course, your young artist could:

  • We’ll equip your young artist with the skills they need to succeed in the next step of their creative journey
  • We understand how important young creative artists are – they've so much potential, untapped abilities, and enthusiasm
  • Your young artist will study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • We encourage your young artist to be themselves and explore their existing interests; as such we harness their natural style and flair to enable them to develop their unique creative voice
  • Our tutors are industry professionals, so they'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding your young artist back
  • Your young artist will learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • They'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included, respected, and supported
  • They'll benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash their creativity
Pink background with yellow squiggle. Black text reads 'Start their creative journey'.

Book your young artist's place today

Book now