2021 Course Open for Applications
We are delighted to be able to run the portfolio course this year. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we welcomed a reduced numbers of students. We are now accepting applications for the next course commencing October 2021. Again, we will initially be offering places to a reduced number of students, until we are sure that it is safe to increase our capacity to pre-Covid levels.
Course timetable: 25th October 2021 - 6th March 2022.
(Mid course break 17th December 2021 - 10th January 2022)
Full time, 16 weeks. Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 4.30pm
Course Tutors: Eleanor White, Kittie Jones, selected visiting tutors
Course fees: £4,500.00 Incl VAT*
This course is unique to the west coast of Scotland and offers the student an opportunity to study in an intimate and stimulating environment. It is designed for people who wish to gain access to degree study at art school or would like to study art at a deeper level. Many mature students have used this course as a sabbatical or as a chance to develop a new direction in their lives. The course offers excellent studio facilities for up to twelve students ensuring a personal input in a creative and supporting environment.
As the course is short, delivering two, eight week terms, it is structured and intensively taught, covering all aspects of what is required of a portfolio. The first term is structured such that the students are given the basics of artistic experimentation covering a wide variety of disciplines, including drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, life drawing, artists book-making and 3D subjects such as small sculpture and textiles.
The use of sketchbooks is encouraged as an essential element to personal development and as such, forms a critical part in the students visual research. The history of art is taught in direct relation to the course structure giving students a clear context in which to place their work. A project is set towards the end of the first term to help students develop a critical response to their own work and to that of chosen artists.
The main tutoring is shared between Eleanor White and Kittie Jones. Both of these tutors have a wide range of teaching experience. Other visiting artists and teachers will complement the general programme to respond to specialist discipline requirements. Opportunity is given for group seminars to study the work of artists and students are also encouraged to take part in group critiques. Tutorials are given throughout both terms.
A research project is given over the Christmas break where students endeavour to find a personal response to their chosen discipline building on the first terms exploration. This project becomes the springboard for the structure of the second term, during which students learn the practice of good shared studio discipline, respecting each others work place. The second term is a time for real experimentation to take place, and although it is taught it is primarily student led, thus forming the backbone of the personal work that is the main part of the portfolio.
The course is taught Monday - Thursday, 9.30am - 4.30pm, with additional weekend projects. These projects are given to aid the student to find their own voice away from the taught environment; encouraging self-motivation and a personal response to their practice. The course fees include all materials and equipment required for the course. Students need to supply sketchbooks and an A1 portfolio case, details will be provided to successful applicants. Accommodation is not included in the fees.
Bridge House Art is a small school with limited space, but all efforts are made to motivate the student in realising their creative potential. The past success rate of students gaining entry to their chosen college is high and the ethos of Bridge House Art is to embrace the liberating force of art as a powerful, personal language for each individual. The course does not ensure entry to degree level but will enable the students to be confident about their work and equip them to undertake a degree course with a firm foundation in the visual arts.
Places are offered via an interview procedure. Interviews are primarily held during the end of course exhibition week (early March) Interviews will be conducted online with a digital submission of works in advance. Help is available to assist with this if required. Applications now being accepted.
Course fee: £4,500.00*
(£500 deposit on acceptance of offer. £4000 balance 6 wks prior to commencement of course)
*Assistance available towards portfolio course fees through the Assisted Place Scheme, please contact Christine Morrison for further information
In past years, we would have an exhibition of works from the Portfolio Course students at the An Talla Solais Gallery. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, this was not possible as the gallery was closed. So, with the help of the fantastic An Talla Solais team, we put it online!
Please go to the exhibition website to view the stunning works created by this determined group of students. There is an amazing display of works created under what would definitely be titled, 'challenging circumstances!'
Our virtual exhibition opening was another first for BHA, enjoyed by over 200 friends, family, alumni and Bridge House Art community. We were delighted that Professor Will Maclean, MBE. RSA. and patron of An Talla Solais agreed to give an opening talk. Unfortunately some viewers experienced internet difficulties and others were not able to make the evening. Here is a recording of the opening which will be online for the duration of the exhibition. Enjoy!
Portfolio Course Alumni
Over the next few weeks we will be uploading some short videos from our portfolio course alumni. Here's a wee taste of what's to come!