Thinking about further study or a career in art and design? The Art and Design Portfolio Development course is a stimulating mix of workshops and studio sessions, which aim to push your work in lively and experimental new directions.

This series of Saturdays is for students looking to develop their experience and portfolios in preparation for further and higher art and design education. It is ideal for students who are wishing to apply for art and design Extended Diplomas, Foundation Diplomas, degrees or anyone looking to develop new skills and build up a unique body of work, gaining new approaches to image making.

Working in our specialist art school setting, you will experience a taster of what working life will consist of at art school.

What will you do?

You’ll emphasise on mark-making, drawing, ideas generation and the exploration of media, encouraging new ways of thinking and seeing.
Your new skills can be applied to any artistic discipline that you wish to embark on. For example, Graphic Design, Illustration, Craft, Design, 3D, Fine Art, etc.

What will you achieve?

You’ll broaden your understanding of what it means to be a professional artist or designer. You’ll also learn quite a lot about yourself (like what you’re especially good at, and what inspires you), and you’ll certainly gain loads of confidence. By the end of the course you’ll go away with some exciting new skills!

What facilities will you use?

You’ll work in our fantastic and well equipped facilities at the Blenheim Walk Building. Click here to take a virtual tour of the University.

What do you need to bring?

We’ll provide all the materials you’ll need, but you may want to bring a snack/lunch or a drink for the break. 


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Booking will close Wednesday 10th January 2018

Booking is subject to sufficient numbers, if these numbers cannot be met the course will be cancelled and you will be informed 10 days before the course is due to start.  

  • 20th January 2018 - 10th February 2018

    Saturdays 10:00am-3:30pm

    4 days


  • Blenheim Walk, Leeds Arts University, LS2 9AQ (Get Directions)
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