Taught course

Art & Design Portfolio Development (online short course)

Royal College of Art
Certificate of Participation

Entry requirements

See the RCA website for entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Entirely online, this course 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

Information for international students

This course is taught online.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Certificate of Participation
    part time
    1 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

RCA Short Courses