Portfolio courses 2022-2023

Portfolio Courses

Blended Learning  – Learn in the studio and at home with online access,  all home materials & equipment included

Our 1 Year Portfolio Courses students learn in small groups both in our fully equipped and spacious studios and at home through our online learning resource.  We provide materials for home work and portable equipment as needed. The home activities are designed to feed into the practical sessions, to maximise output and increase quality. They also give students opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the process through time and additional research. All Portfolio Course students will have the opportunity to meet during an induction session and work together through additional specialist activities such as bookmaking  or offsite drawing. There will be a group exhibitions at the end of the course.


Attendance alternates weekly between studio practice and home working. This  gives you time to research, 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 the provision of online instructions, materials, and the use of portable equipment which you can take home when you wish.

There is an induction session before the course for all 1 Year Portfolio Students which you are required to attend.

Specialist workshops are programmed for you to meet everyone on  the courses.  This can be on or offsite as well as on Zoom.

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

Portfolio Students are able to have a significantly discounted membership rate for the year subject to tutor approval.

Talk to us if you would like to pay in instalments.

We use blended learning in various combinations of traditional face-to-face learning experiences with online and mobile technologies and practical home working to enhance your  learning experience.

About the Portfolio Courses

With an already established reputation places fill quickly.

These courses are designed 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! We do have one evening portfolio course too.

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 Courses follow the academic terms for 30 weeks.

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. You will work in the studio and at home with full support. We provide  all materials for home work and the use of portable equipment when required.

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.




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