Portfolio Bootcamp

Welcome to the Portfolio Bootcamp

Our Portfolio Bootcamp is a series of free online creative workshops that will  help you to create a striking portfolio during lockdown. So, if you’re applying to study an art and design foundation programme or undergraduate degree at university in 2021 then this programme is for you.

The Portfolio Bootcamp will run on Saturday mornings from the 6 March for 5 weeks (with a break for the Easter bank holiday weekend). By the end of the programme, you will have a portfolio showcasing a range of skills and media, that can be used to show off your creativity on its own, or complement existing work, when applying to university.

Programme dates and details

You don’t need any specialist equipment to take part.

The Portfolio Bootcamp is about making artwork during lockdown by recycling, upcycling and repurposing materials and using everyday packaging. We will email you each week with a list of suggested materials.

This programme is completely free to attend, however by signing up we ask you commit to attending all 5 sessions and to truly throw yourself into the creative process!

  • 6 March 10-12: Print for Fashion and Textiles
  • 13 March 10-12: Drawing and Typography
  • 20 March 10-12: Animating in the Kitchen
  • 27 March 10-12: The Power of Scale, 3D Design
  • 10 April 10-12:30: Drawing into Installation


Useful Information

  • Participate online

    Our portfolio workshop will take place within an online classroom on Blackboard Collaborate, a secure platform used by University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

    You will not use a webcam or participate via video. 

    All sessions will be monitored and supervised by University of the Creative Arts employees and will be recorded. Participants will be sent a secure link to the virtual classroom as well as a suggested equipment list in advance of the sessions. 

  • Who can take part?

    This programme is open for students considering applying to study at university in 2021 who have not yet prepared a Portfolio.

    If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page. Participants must normally reside and attend school in the United Kingdom to enter.

  • Data Protection

    UCA processes data in accordance with the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR).  
    The university's data protection policies and privacy notices can be viewed here.  

    You have the right to review information held about you. If you would like to do so or to notify us of a change of your details, please email: enquiries@uca.ac.uk 

    If, you believe there is no legitimate reason for us to continue processing your data and wish us to delete it, please contact the Data Protection Officer: dpo@uca.ac.uk 

  • Disclaimer

    UCA reserves the right to amend or cancel part or all of the programme.
    In the event of any changes, applicants/participants and their parents/carers will be notified accordingly. Should any applicant or participant have any feedback or wish to make a complaint then they can do so in writing via email to enquiries@uca.ac.uk 

    UCA reserves the right to amend or cancel part, or all, of the activities displayed on this page. In the event of any changes, applicants/participants will be notified accordingly. All details are correct at the time of publication.  

How to Apply

To register your interest for the portfolio bootcamp please complete this form.

Please register by Monday 1 March 2021.

We will contact you by email to confirm your place.


Register your interest here

Any questions?

If you have any queries regarding the Portfolio Bootcamp please email: enquiries@uca.ac.uk