Portfolio Oomph | Help with your art portfolio for college | Edinburgh
Portfolio Oomph | Help with your art portfolio for college | Edinburgh
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And join the ever growing successful applicants that got the results they wanted by having a ‘World Class’ Mentor.


The 3 C’s Approach

The 3 Cs art portfolio

The 3 C’s are a unique process to Portfolio Oomph that engage you in an essential process that must be embraced for success. Miss out any one of these and your ideas, portfolio and ultimately your success will suffer.

CURIOSITY – Exploring and investigating – How willing are you to try out new and different materials and techniques – exploring the world and your subject?

COURAGE – Tolerating uncertainty – How easy do you find it not to be sure about something you do?

CLARITY – Towards you goals – How clear are you on what you want to achieve and when?



Step 1

A free no obligation coaching call, or meet up in person to discuss what you are trying to achieve and how I can assist you.


Step 2
1:2:1 package or mentoring

We commence work in 1 of 2 ways to explore your creativity and get massive CLARITY on your portfolio, digital portfolio and UCAS statement submission.


Step 3
Ongoing guidance

We work together over several months in person or by video/Skype until we achieve the result you want with your portfolio.

Who am I?

I am a leading educator in the Creative Industries, as featured in The Guardian newspaper, on a mission to create a legacy to ‘unlock your creative genius’.

My passion and mission is assisting YOU in creating an art portfolio to get you that place at college or university. CLARITY, in particular around the creative process, sketchbooks and what the Colleges actually want to see are the founding principles.

Over the last 6 years I have become known as the “go-to” when it comes to bespoke 1:2:1 support for art applicants (and artists) to start exploring your creativity in a different way for success at art school or personal fulfilment.

I have now worked with over 66 students who have gained over 117 places for art and design courses at 33 institutions around the UK and abroad.

I taught also assessed portfolios and interviewed applicants for 10 years at Edinburgh College of Art. 17 years teaching in Further Education Colleges on Foundation, HNC and HND courses gave me a comprehensive understanding of post-school education in the visual arts.

I was a finalist in the UK Blog Awards for Best Individual/Freelance Education and a proud Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday Winner.

AND I was also a student who didn’t get a place at art college many years ago!

As an artist I have exhibited my own artwork extensively, both nationally and internationally.


Here’s what my clients have said

Who I Work With

  • High school pupils specialising in art and design
  • Students on a further education course (Foundation, BTEC, HNC/D or NC)
  • Mature learners who wish to take a change in direction
  • Artists seeking creative direction and development

I work with creative people worldwide, who want to prepare their art school portfolio in the best way possible so that they don’t miss out on their first choice UK college.

If this is you we’ll work closely to grow your confidence, explore your creativity and gain great clarity to produce that killer portfolio for success at art school.

A successful portfolio is not about how well you can draw or how high your grades at school are. It’s about ideas, the way you think and create.

Competition is fierce, for example at Edinburgh College of Art there are in the region of 6000 applicants for approximately 280 places (1:22).

Therefore being successful with your portfolio is about speed of implementation and the sooner you start, the more advanced your portfolio is likely to be.

Portfolio Oomph will put an end to the confusion you will be feeling. This will buy you the competitive edge that is essential for success. And some previous students have received 5 unconditional offers for their dream courses.

…………starting right now!

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