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Art and Design Portfolio Saturday School (Applied Skills)

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Artwork by Fran Bailey

Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, ten weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 16

This practical course will help develop your skills and knowledge towards producing a unique and diverse art and design portfolio.

It can be taken on its own or as a follow-on from the 'Core Skills' course for a more in-depth experience.

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Course Dates

20th January 2018 – 24th March 2018

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Course Description

The course will enhance your knowledge of the different disciplines within art and design.

You'll complete projects related to:

  • communication design
  • decorative arts
  • design for performance
  • fashion and textiles
  • fine art
  • illustration
  • photography
  • product development
  • spatial design
  • surface decoration

By the end of the course you'll have produced multiple sketchbooks and have a portfolio of work which demonstrates your personal approach to each discipline.

There will be sessions dedicated to assessing your development to ensure you are progressing, plus a final portfolio review day.

What will you gain?

The course can help you develop a portfolio for entry on to an undergraduate programme, or it can simply be an opportunity to work in the art school environment on a variety of structured projects.

Either way it'll encourage you to develop your personal approach to making art and design.

To benefit from this course you will need to commit to a small amount of independent study time to ensure that you complete the projects.

Tutor profile: James Gant has been teaching painting and drawing at various educational institutions for the past 14 years after completing his degree in fine art.

He works as a freelance artist on a range of exciting projects including films, book illustrations and murals as well as his own personal work.

He has vast experience in teaching creative painting and drawing techniques to all skill levels and feels it important that the learner understands the potential of the materials so that they can explore and express themselves in an exciting and personal way.

Sam Taylor’s experience of teaching has encompassed a range of art and design subjects including 3D design, architecture, sculpture and set design.

She promotes the importance of learners developing ideas through practical experimentation using 2D and 3D problem solving skills.

This accumulates into an interesting body of work for portfolio purposes.

Sam has a Masters in glass making, and creates both sculptural and functional forms.

Sam also holds a wealth of knowledge working with a wide range of other 2D and 3D materials, techniques and processes including working with wood, plastics and metals.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813