Tag Archives: interview

13 Jan 2015
impress your art teacher
Drawings that will impress your art teacher

Drawings that will impress your art teacher?? Hmm, this might sound like a pretty normal thing to do as many students do think that drawing is only valued / validated if it impresses their art teacher. Have you ever done this? Let's just make the clarification between drawing ONLY to impress your art teacher and drawing that is enjoyable for you but also happens to impress your art teacher. The 2 are very different, so read on.

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3 Nov 2014
UCAS word count
UCAS personal statement word limit

We had a meeting with a mentee last night and something we discussed was her UCAS art personal statement. Now you all know the ucas personal statement word limit, line space etc. so every word counts. Particularly if you're in the lucky position of having lots to say. If you're struggling for things to say then first of all download our eBook 'Writing your personal statement'! (more…)

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22 May 2014
Portfolio Oomph success
Art portfolio advice success for 2014!

Successes with our art portfolio advice from face to face workshops and mentoring for 2014 entry have been a huge achievement for our students but also a huge achievement for us! Our art portfolio advice has helped nearly twice as many students this year than last and the range of courses and colleges is expansive. (more…)

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21 Mar 2014
life drawing art college
Life drawing – or not?

Life drawing or not, that is the question?! You might be wondering what to put in an art portfolio for success.

I feel compelled to write this blog post as we've been running a portfolio preparation workshop which included life drawing classes in Haddington for school pupils applying to art college. This is a great opportunity for students as it is a thorough academic session in developing and strengthening looking and recording skills. This is relevant to any art or design project to varying degrees. (more…)

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8 Nov 2013
UCAS word count
This weekend – start drafting your UCAS personal statement

Whilst mentoring this week we've worked with 3 students and the one thing that has been discussed with all 3 is getting started writing your UCAS personal statement.

Whilst you might think there's loads of time before the deadline of 15 Jan 2014 there is also a lot of other stuff you need to get right too. Get this done early and you can forget about it and start thinking and doing all the work that needs to be done to get your portfolio up to scratch. (more…)

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1 Oct 2013
How to create a portfolio for art school
6 things to do today to help with your portfolio

We've all been there. We've got to make a start on getting our art school portfolio moving. We need to start doing some work outside of school as this is what the art school tutors will be looking for – your commitment to art outside of school. But where do you start? How do you get motivated when it's not something that has been set for you to do by your art teacher?

Read on to find out 6 ideas that can get your juices flowing and start today!  (more…)

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21 Aug 2013
parents and art college
A parent’s view on applying to art college

Portfolio Oomph focuses very much the on the art education of the applicant (usually a young adult) when applying to art college but it can also be a tricky time for the parents of these applicants. If you have a child who is keen on pursuing an art education and is doing well in their exams, the whole idea of an art portfolio can be quite confusing. This is especially so if you haven't had an art education yourself or you're not connected in some way to the art world. It can feel like banging your head against a brick wall trying to find out information from a reliable, independent source. (more…)

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14 Aug 2013
UCAS clearing
UCAS clearing for art college

It's that time of year when A level and higher results are in and the UCAS clearing system fires up to get you placed at a college that is right for you – hopefully.

I went through UCAS clearing some 23 years ago (in fact it was ADAR then – Art and Design Admissions Registry) so I know all too well what you're going through.

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13 May 2013
art college success
Art portfolio success!

Since it's a little over a year since our website as you see it went live (April 2012) we thought we'd let you know how our students we've worked with over the last year have been getting on. We've made up some info graphics to display this information on their art portfolio success stories. (more…)

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28 Jan 2013
How to present and mount your work
Mounting your work for interview

So, you've applied to art college through UCAS if you're here in the UK. You’re off to your interview and you need to get your art college portfolio looking amazing because you’re going to get a place at the college of your dreams – yes! Good. Positive thinking we like. Remember that anything you show in your art college portfolio is really a reflection of you, your commitment to the course and ambition for your creative career. Take it seriously, spend some time making your portfolio shine and the rest should all fall into place.

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