The studio's Portfolio preparation course is a high quality course of two teaching groups attending two days per week over a 28 week period. It begins in early August and continues to early March finishing just prior to the Art School interview dates To enrol each student is expected to hold the relevant qualifications for an Art School application and present a body of work to show drawing skills, material use, investigative work, and areas of interests in the art field. Application should be made in April for interviews in May and June.
Costs this year are £675 for students in the Glasgow Council tax area and £800 for those staying outside Glasgow.
The coursework covers a range of activities based on first year work at art school. Students are taught how to explore ideas through a sketchbook, recording and documenting ideas to follow their thought processes. Shown how to test out ideas through the use of a number of processes like drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, jewellery, textiles digital photography and image manipulation, darkroom experimentation and introduction to filmaking and animation.
Students will work with two Tutors and follow a course directed by each of them. The Brief will be based on relevant source material to create a rich inspirational response which can be interpreted by each student in order to be directed can be directed to specific artistic interests. Included in the course is a block of Life Drawing. These classes take place at the end of a course day from 5-7pm.
The Studio has a high success rate with many of the students being accepted for Art School. Most of the students tend to go to Glasgow School of Art with a few selecting to study in Art Schools like Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, Edinburgh School of Art and Gray's of Aberdeen. Many of our students have go on to become successful practising Artists some with an internationally reputation Jim Lambie who was nominated in 2006 for the Turner Prize.