art portfolio

What do you need to include in your folio?

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mentoring for art college

Personal advice – mentoring

sketchbooks for art college

Sketchbooks, how to get started

what we can do for you
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If you're stuck wondering how to make an art portfolio for college or university you’re not alone and you’ve come to the right place. We are the only website that specialises in providing support covering all aspects of applying to UK art colleges.

We’ll keep you on the right track; whether you’re preparing your art portfolio at school, on a college art course or a mature student seeking a life change.

We provide mentoring and private art lessons also schools portfolio reviews. We’ve eBooks and eCourses that help you to answer that question of ‘How to get into art college’.

Socially driven organisation We’re a socially driven organisation meaning that we exist foremost to tackle social issues. These come in the form of improving peoples’ life and career chances in the arts. We make money from selling our goods and services. We aim reinvest any profits back into the business, providing a Portfolio Oomph bursary to one school leaver each year. And so when we profit, society profits.

eBooks and eCourses
Use our eBooks and eCourses in addition to your current curriculum if you are studying. Or to help build an art portfolio if you are any formal education programme.

All sales are delivered securely through a 3rd party called PAYHIP and secure payments are made through PayPal where you can pay with a credit or debit card – you will need Adobe Reader to view them which you can download for free here.

Art and design creative careers

How many of you know exactly what you want to go on to study at art college?

Some of you I am sure have very clear ideas of what kind of creative careers are available, others not.

Even having established which area of art and design you like working in just now, the career path and day to day activities might be rather unknown to you.

  • I found the eBook 'Writing your personal statement' really useful. I applied for GSA, ECA, Wimbledon, Newcastle University and Goldsmiths. Having received unconditional offers from Wimbledon, Newcastle University and Goldsmiths I decided to accept Goldsmiths – I move on the 22nd and can't wait!

    My friend Beth found out about Portfolio Oomph through me and loved everything you did for her!

    Maisie Dolan: Goldsmiths, fine art
  • We bought your eBook 'Writing your personal statement'. Just to finally let you know that my daughter was offered a place at Central St Martin's and has accepted it and she is absolutely delighted to have had the offer.

    I will recommend your website to my friends who have children pursuing a place at Art College.

    Thanks again for the crucial part you played in getting her into the college of her dreams!

    Linda Hill (parent): Central St. Martins
  • I enjoyed the play and experimentation on the Ideas and sketchbook development workshop. This will help me in my artist practice as I was missing a chunk of work; research and exploration.

    I now feel able to break the steps down to a resolved piece of artwork. I‘ll also be able to relax and enjoy the creative journey rather than worrying about the destination.

    I very much enjoyed this workshop and I think it is fantastic value for money.

    Libby Scott (artist)
  • When we discovered Portfolio Oomph by chance, it was just what we needed – access to advice from someone independent in the art world. It was also a flexible service which I think was a great strength.

    Many thanks for supporting Lachlan in developing his ideas skills and abilities – for going the extra mile at each point when it was needed and giving him the confidence to believe in what he wanted to achieve. I am absolutely delighted and excited for him getting into GSA and to the particular course that he so wanted to get on, sculpture and environmental art.

    If we had not discovered Portfolio Oomph I think it would have taken Lachlan at least another year to get to the point of where he is at now.

  • Portfolio Oomph offers great value, absolutely as our daughter is now studying at Edinburgh College of Art.

    We are Indians and in Indian epics, history and culture, the Guru occupies a pivotal place.

    Julie is a Guru in the true sense of the term – one who understood Yashi’s upsides and downsides and was able to get the best out of her in a very short span of time. We would most certainly recommend Portfolio Oomph. Portfolio Oomph and Julie occupy a special place in our lives and we will remember Julie as long as we walk this earth.

    Badas Harikrishna (parent): ECA, art
Design or expressive? Advanced Higher
The topic of this blog post is the differentiation between and expressive and design aspects of the Advanced Higher portfolio. We met with a student last night who we'd first met on one our portfolio preparation courses last year, 2015. When we plan our courses we don't specify that the course is geared towards expressive or […]

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