Art & Design Student Painting
Cardonald Campus
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Other non-advanced qual
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This University of the Arts London (UAL) course (formally known as Portfolio Skills) is a general Art & Design course developed to provide students with an interest in art and design and would like to create a folio of work to progress on to the UAL level 3 in Art and Design.

If you have an interest in the visual arts it provides an opportunity for you to explore, develop and test your creativity at a slower pace within a qualification structure and at a lower level which is stimulating and provides a supportive transition for further study.

What will I learn?

This course is aimed at students who do not have a portfolio of artwork and wish to study general Art & Design at a slower pace and lower level with the ambition of progressing onto an art-based course, either within the College or 1st year at Art School. It is also suitable for people returning to education who enjoyed Art and Design-based subjects, including Product Design or Graphic Communication at school, and wish to rebuild a portfolio to support an application to a creative course.

The course includes:

  • Photography
  • Analytical drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Mixed media
  • 3D construction
  • Sketchbook development
  • Introduction to animation.

View the portfolio prep course blog.

Jobs and further study

  • Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design
  • Foundation in Graphic & Illustration
  • Foundation in Fashion & Textiles
  • Foundation in Fine Art: Contemporary Art.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of two National 4 or 5 qualifications preferred
  • One suitable reference
  • Any samples of personal work
  • Personal statement is key to supporting a successful application.

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Entry requirement equivalency table

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • You will be invited to attend an interview. Please bring along your portfolio, qualifications and references.
  • Proof of qualifications must be supplied before an offer can be made.
  • You will be interviewed within one month after the application.
  • You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email within 10 working days of the interview. 

Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be invited to a further session in June where you will be given additional information about your course. It is essential that you attend this.

Offer of a place - definitions

  • An unconditional place - you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.
  • A conditional place - your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements.
  • Waiting list - you have met all entry requirements however the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around the course start date.
  • Unsuccessful - you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College's Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
    Once an offer is received you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291