Portfolio courses

Portfolio Courses

Blended Learning  – learn online home working and in the studio

In October 2020 we were excited to start blended teaching on all of our year courses.  As with many organisations, this was a first for us and we have learned so much from the experience particularly how this can be such an enriching way  to work. Blended learning has a long and reputable history and we are happy to be part of that narrative.   Students  learn both in our fully equipped and spacious studios, and through fully supported at home and online learning. These  sessions are designed to feed into, optimise output, and increase the quality of the practical sessions whilst giving students opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the process through additional research and video links etc.

Attendance alternates weekly between studio practice and home working. This  gives you time to develop ideas, plan, prepare images, plates and blocks, in order to maximise printing time in the studio.  We have made good preparations for you to work from home, through online tutorials, stencil and plate preparation and the use of portable equipment which you can take home when you wish.

About the Portfolio Courses

Our popular 1 year Portfolio programme continues to flourish and we now run 6 courses with 1 new one planned for September 2021

-1 Year Colour in Intaglio  with Francisco Garnica & Gillian Garnica

With an already established reputation places fill quickly.

These courses are design to give you a sustained and intensive period of study in a specialist area. They are are an excellent opportunity to build a portfolio of work, to develop confidence and ideas in your own practice, and to learn new skills. This may be because you want to further your study, to apply for University, or simply because you are intrigued about the process and want to learn more. They are attractive to self employed artists and designers, those working part time and those who prefer to learn in daylight!

The courses are well structured and supported by experienced and established tutors in specialist areas, who will work with you in the dynamic and professional environment of SPS. They are practical, workshop based courses that have, at their core, a focus on the acquisition of skills and the exploration of materials, techniques and process to further develop your creative thinking and ideas. In addition your tutor will guide you though 1:1 sessions to help you develop your work in a more individual direction, culminating in an end of year show at SPS. Courses follow the academic terms for 30 weeks. You will attend for 1 morning a week.

The benefits of these one year courses are continuous feedback and forward planning. Students are given opportunities to discuss their further education or professional aspirations with tutors regularly throughout the year and receive a certificate of course completion together with a single reference from the tutor, if required.
All courses are suitable for beginners. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic and motivated to learn.
Portfolio courses FAQs

Below we answer some of the most common questions but please talk to us if you need more information.

What level is the course and do I need particular skills?
All courses are taught at a professional level are suitable for students who have an interest in print, no previous experience of printmaking is necessary but you must have an enthusiasm to learn and develop your own practice. You may have a relevant creative background i.e. previous educational study, industrial/ creative/studio experience or apprenticeship, but it is not a requirement.

How will I be taught and where will I work?
There will be demonstrations workshops and presentations by your tutor and by other visiting professionals with time to discuss progress and critique work on a one to one basis and during group tutorials.

What are the benefits of the course?
At the end of the course you and your tutor will assess the skills you have gained. If you have enjoyed the printing process and been bitten by the bug you should be confident enough to join the studio to continue your practice. You may have produced strong enough work to apply for university places or jobs.

Online Learning Portal

Participants on our portfolio courses can access additional materials on our new online learning portal.

View our current Portfolio courses