Art & Design Portfolio Development (Online), Short Course | Part time online | Royal College of Art | United Kingdom
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Art & Design Portfolio Development (Online)

21 days
2150 GBP/full
2150 GBP/full
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Develop a distinctive portfolio tailored to your educational and professional journey in art and design with the Art & Design Portfolio Development (Online) course from the Royal College of Art.


Entirely online, this Art & Design Portfolio Development (Online) course from the Royal College of Art is ideal for any applicant intending to progress in higher education or in a career within an art or design discipline. Delivered by the multi-disciplinary staff team of the Graduate Diploma at the RCA, this practical and advanced short course offers expert advice in the application process, in studio practice, academic skills, and technical support.

You will learn to:

  • evaluate progression aims and requirements
  • discover your own personal creative practice, skills and ideas and how to situate them
  • position your practice in relation to progression objectives
  • develop strategies for presenting creative work in professional contexts
  • design a portfolio in preparation for application to a higher education programme in art and design at the RCA or elsewhere, and to use in professional practice for career progression.

Learning will take place online with a blend of guided contact time through lectures, seminars, workshops, as well as small-group and one-to-one tutorials. Over the duration of the three-week intensive programme, each week will have a focus. Activities will include:

  • positioning your portfolio for contemporary art or design practice
  • models for collaborative practice across disciplines
  • professional practice lectures.

The benefits to you include:

  • identifying aims and requirements for progression at the RCA, or other institutions offering programmes in art and design, or in your professional practice
  • subject-specific guidance in one of our four pathways: - Communication Design, Fashion & Textiles, Fine Art, and Product, Interior & Spatial Design
  • guidance on academic skills and English language support
  • opportunity for collaboration and networking
  • portfolio design, development and technical support
  • certificate of online attendance on successful completion

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Week 1: Navigating your practice

  • Pecha Kucha, lecture and seminars
  • What is a portfolio and its application
  • Introductory tutorials
  • Begin developing your portfolio for screen or print publication

Week 2: Framing your practice

  • Interdisciplinary collaborative project
  • Developing a practitioner statement
  • Interdisciplinary group project and team presentations
  • Group tutorials on portfolio strategies and practitioner statement

Week 3: Presenting your practice

  • Finalise your portfolio
  • Individual tutorial to critique your approaches and guidance to support completion
  • Group discursive portfolio reviews and progression advice


Gary Clough - head of Programme for the RCA’s Graduate Diploma Art & Design

Richard Nash - Tutor on the Graduate Diploma Art & Design

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 21 days

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications will be assessed by the RCA course team every 2 weeks until June or until the course is fully booked.


  • Fully structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 minimum

  • A body of current creative work in a digital format

  • An undergraduate degree in a related art or design field, or a demonstrably creative background

Technological requirements

  • Familiarity with industry standard software packages (e.g., Adobe InDesign, Photoshop)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2150 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 GBP for the full programme during 21 days.
  • National

    2150 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 GBP for the full programme during 21 days.


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Art & Design Portfolio Development (Online)
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