Portfolio Preparation for 16-18 Year Olds (Architecture, Spatial Design and Interior Architecture) (short course)

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Why study this course?

This course will teach you how to produce a portfolio of work which is required when applying for undergraduate courses in architecture.

Highlights include drawing and sketching, visits to current London exhibitions, as well as the basic tools and techniques to present your portfolio with confidence.

More about this course

During this four-day intensive spring course, you will be guided by architecture and foundation year tutors from The Cass to produce a portfolio of work that can be used as the basis to apply for further study at university level.

The course will focus on understanding spatial observation and interactions within the built environment.

The course includes:

  • an introduction to studying architecture, interior, spatial and three-dimensional design at university level with a brief introduction to foundation and BA courses on offer at The Cass
  • drawing and observational skills – using different methods and materials
  • sketching and drawing from life
  • a half-day visit to a London museum/collection (such as the Design Museum, the V&A or Sir John Soane's Museum (the venue is to be confirmed and depends on exhibitions and opening times)
  • drawing to scale (one day will be dedicated to understanding the basic principles of drawing to scale and understanding proportion)
  • drawing and making in 3D, as well as awareness of perspective
  • portfolio presentation, mounting and laying out work in a portfolio

The aim is to develop techniques, improve skills and gain confidence in both observed and experimental drawings and representation.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course is appropriate for school and college-level students and is structured for 16 to 18 year-olds. It will also support those preparing their AS or A level portfolios who have a specific interest in architectural, interior and three-dimensional design. This course does not require prior knowledge of architecture or design but basic skills in drawing and observation would be useful.

What our students say

"I feel the course really helped give me gain an advantage with my university portfolio."

"It helped me to gain a better understanding of what the architecture degree would consist of."

"This course taught me how to draw quicker and gave me the confidence to sketch in public."

"This course exceeded my expectations – the level of detail was very good."

After the course

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed an interview after application via UCAS for one of our related BA courses or degrees including foundation year at The Cass.

Course dates

Course dates 30 July to 2 August 2019
Length Four days
Day and time Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm
Maximum class size 15
Contact hours 26


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit.
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

In addition to the course fee there may be additional charges for materials.

What should I bring?

We would advise you equip yourself with the following:

  • A4 or A3 sketch book
  • set of drawing pencils, rubber and pencil sharpener
  • ruler and a scale ruler
  • all-purpose glue (eg UHU) and a glue stick
  • scissors
  • assorted coloured pencils and coloured pens
  • basic set of charcoal sticks or chalks

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

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When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.