Portfolio courses

Learn online and in the studio!

Our popular year-long portfolio courses are still running alongside our well established learning programme! In response to Covid-19 and in-depth planning to open the studio safely our courses will now run with much smaller numbers of 4, allowing you the space to work safely and benefit from concentrated time with our tutors in the studio.

We are excited to announce that teaching on all of our year courses starting in October will be blended.  Students will learn both in our fully equipped and spacious studios, and through fully supported online learning. Our online 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 will alternate weekly between studio practice and home working. This will give 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.

For shorter courses in the autumn term, numbers will be reduced to 4 allowing for a much more individual experience.

About the Portfolio Courses

Our popular 1 year Portfolio programme continues to flourish. With an already established reputation we are expecting places to fill quickly. 3 new courses have been added to Year in Print and Screen-printing.

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 oportunities to discuss their further education or professional aspirations with tutors regularly throughout the year and receive a cerificate 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