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Online Portfolio Preparation for the Creative Arts

Unleash your creativity this Summer with fun-packed interactive sessions covering a range of subjects with engaging workshops, presentations and demonstrations. An ideal programme for those who wish to experience a wide variety of celebrated artistic disciplines offered at AUB

9 - 27 August 2021

Course Introduction

Students will gain confidence in their abilities where they shall explore subjects in a range of creative pathways and produce work for their personal digital portfolios.

This virtual programme offers students the ability to develop ideas, enhance creative skills whilst building a body of creative work, as well as gaining experience working with like-minded artists and designers.

Students will have the opportunity to complete a number of exciting projects with additional support modules to complete the learning experience.

All students will attend an initial Orientation session prior to the summer programme (Monday 2nd August 2021, 11.00-12.00 British time), which consists of a course introduction to prepare students for virtual studies.

Students will be guided through a variety of creative approaches and processes including practical exercises to conduct between ‘live’ sessions. An essential course for students who are at a stage in their studies who wish to pursue creative arts at FE and HE level.

Students will also receive guidance and advice for future creative studies.

Conducted over a 3-week period, including orientation:

Part-time programme – 30 taught hours, 30 hours self-directed activities

Our Online Short Course includes:

  • Daily 2-hour ‘live’ online lessons with a variety of tutors (Monday-Friday)
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Further details about preparing for your online course, and the materials you need, will be sent to you once you have booked
  • Please note that all courses are taught in UK GMT 11.00-13.00 (London time)

The course will cover the following subjects:

  • Illustration
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Sketchbook journals
  • Animation
  • Model making
  • Photography
  • Costume
  • Graphic design

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 knowledge and advise on experiment with artistic processes
  • 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

Our ‘live’ online sessions will take place using Zoom, where tutors will provide course resources and communicate with all students.

After you sign up to an online course, you'll receive a Student Welcome Pack, which includes comprehensive joining instructions and guidance to fully benefit during your studies. We shall also send reminder emails with more details about your online course, and we shall email you again shortly before your course starts.

Part-time 3-week course: £599*

*25% non-refundable deposit option after 30-day cooling-off period, balance payable no later than 9 July 2021

You'll need:

  • A laptop, PC/Mac or tablet device
  • A stable Internet connection
  • An up-to-date web browser (this is software on your computer that connects you to the internet, we recommend that you use Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox)
  • A webcam - this is normally part of your computer hardware. If you're using a desktop PC, you may need to attach an external webcam
  • A microphone - this is normally part of your computer hardware. If you are using a desktop PC, you may need to connect an external microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

You can find out more on the technical requirements in the FAQs below.

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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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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.