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Glasgow Clyde College Art student working on sketches
Langside Campus
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Other non-advanced qual
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This course is now full

Our highly successful Advanced Portfolio Preparation course (UAL Level 3) is accredited by the University of the Arts London.

It is a fast-paced portfolio preparation course which encourages independent creative thinking in response to innovative projects and resulting in the development of broad-based skills and a lively portfolio of work, suitable for art school or college applications.

What will I learn?

This Advanced Portfolio Preparation course is delivered by a team of established and practising artists and designers. It covers all general Art disciplines within fine art and design such as drawing, painting, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, illustrative sculpture, and observational drawing. This will allow you to find the subject which best suits your skills and will allow for a more focused progression. 

Throughout this general art and design course, you will work on your own portfolio. Tutor support is provided on a one-to-one basis throughout this process providing invaluable advice about which direction to head with projects; ensuring the preparation of a portfolio that is well-rounded with a diversity of media and project types. In each project, you will work on source drawing, the development of ideas and solutions. 

Life drawing is an important additional element and may be offered by the College at a reduced cost. 

You will be invited to attend open days and exhibitions, given assistance with the UCAS process, and help to prepare for your art school interview and the submission of your portfolio. 

Hear from Rebecca, who has progressed to Duncan of Jordanstone. 

UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design | UAL ( 

Statement-of-purpose-Level-3-Diploma-in-Art-and-Design.pdf ( 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Higher Art and Design or
  • Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design.
  • A strong portfolio of art and design work is key to supporting a successful application
  • A personal statement is required
  • Foundation/Modern Apprenticeship Award

Please note: if you are planning to use this course to apply direct to Art School, you may require additional Highers, please check with the individual institute.

Entry requirement equivalency table

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

Employer and industry links

We have well-established links with professional Artists and Designers who deliver live briefs.

Jobs and further study

Students have progressed to universities and art school, including Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Queen Margaret University, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Grays Art School, Edinburgh Napier University, Central St. Martins, Camberwell College of Art and Design, University of Creative Arts, Heriot-Watt University, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, as well as a variety of HND programmes. 

  • HNC Fine Art: Painting and Print Making
  • HNC Fine Art Portfolio
  • HND Illustration
  • HND Graphics
  • HND Fashion Design 
  • HND Fashion Textiles
  • HND Jewellery
  • HND Graphic Design for Print and New Media: Visual Communication
  • HND Fine Art: Contemporary Art Practice
  • HND Computer Arts and Animation

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 from the Admissions Department confirming that we have received your application. 

If you meet the minimum entry requirements, you will then be invited to a group interview session where you will be asked to bring along a selection of your artwork. This will help the decision-making process and mean that we can identify the appropriate level of study. 

Following this information session, course offers will be confirmed. 
You will be informed by email within two weeks of the interview whether you have been successful in achieving either a conditional or an unconditional place on the course. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place on the course. 
Successful applicants will be asked to attend a warm-up session in June where they will get further information on student funding, summer brief, joining instructions and induction dates. 

When I started the course I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the future, but the tutors all supported me in making a decision. I am really happy that I have been offered, and have accepted, a place at Glasgow School of Art to study Textiles next year
All the hard work was worth it and I would really recommend this course to anyone who is thinking about studying a Portfolio Preparation course

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3291