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On Campus Portfolio Preparation for the Creative Arts

We've made the sad decision to cancel this course for 2021, but we'll be back for summer 2022!

If you'd like to know more about the Summer Courses for 2022, make sure you check back here as we'll be posting updates soon. In the meantime, if you'd like to express your interest for 2022, get in touch with our Summer Courses team:

Course Introduction

This course gives you the chance to try out a variety of creative disciplines – and at the same time strengthen your portfolio for a foundation course or degree.

Through a range of practical projects in different arts subjects, you'll be encouraged to develop your own ideas, enhance your creative skills and knowledge whilst building a body of work for your portfolio. You'll be guided through a variety of creative approaches and processes including practical exercises in the areas of art, design, illustration, photography and fashion.

Please note, we're taking all measures to ensure the complete safety and wellbeing of all staff and students whilst studying at the university. We recommend that you visit our Covid information pages regularly to understand the latest news and updates.

Your course tutors will offer guidance and support on creative applications, as well as feedback on your artwork and advice on your future creative studies.

  • Practical workshops and themed projects
  • Sketchbooks: creative ideas development
  • Typography and design, experiments in composition and collage
  • Drawing, graphic design
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Photography
  • Architecture and 3D Design
  • Mixed media and printmaking
  • Layout and portfolio showcase
  • Portfolio review and creative arts progression advice

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official Summer Course Certificate detailing course contents and study hours.

The course aims to:

  • Enable you to develop a portfolio of work in a variety of art and design disciplines to demonstrate your skills and creative identity
  • Provide extended practical sessions to experiment with artistic processes in a professional Higher Education setting
  • Develop your drawing and observational skills to enhance your aesthetic awareness and inform your research and design activities
  • Develop your critical and contextual awareness of different approaches within art and design-related subjects
  • Enhance your knowledge of appropriate and safe use of a wide range of media, materials and technologies used to develop creative solutions
  • Provide opportunities for self-evaluation and critique to enhance your confidence and reflective skills when considering yours and others work
  • Increase your confidence when articulating your ideas and presenting your portfolio for review and interview
  • Provide an understanding of the different types of jobs available to you in the creative industries

Full-time 2-week course:

Including full residential and catering package: £2,200

Excluding residential and catering package: £1,500

All course materials and resources are included in the course fee including your sketchbook and A3 portfolio folder.

Students will be taught in professional art and design studios and digital suites, with access to our library and online resources. Students will leave the course with a physical A3 art portfolio and digital portfolio containing their work for interview submission or future development.

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Why choose a Summer Course?

We're a first-choice provider of residential and online courses for students wishing to engage in a creative course experience

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Residential Information

Our residential programme offers a chance for student to further experience living as an AUB student in our brand new student accommodation

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How to book and payment options

Find out how to book onto our Residential and Online Portfolio Preparation courses and the different payment options


If you have any questions about our Summer Courses, you may find the answer here.

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Summer Courses - Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking a summer course.