Portfolio supports learning and teaching art and design.

Portfolio explores key aspects of the art and design learning experience. A unique collaboration between the education and creative sectors, Portfolio has developed an exciting teaching and learning portal in dialogue with educators, experts, senior examiners and practitioners.

There are resources to help with the planning and teaching of art and design courses and assessing student work. The Learning section is written to enable students to stretch their skills and access learning materials independently. A focused Progression section presents practical advice on preparing for moving into Higher Education or employment within the Arts. All of the resources are flexible and can be adjusted to suit different learning environments.

Teaching

Teaching art and design is extremely challenging and rewarding. It is our aim to provide information and resources that can help you deliver and facilitate enriching learning experiences.

Teaching in art and design covers so many areas, from different aspects and in a whole range of disciplines. At Pearson we are motivated by the values that learning is the key to a better future and that all learners should be encouraged to achieve to the best of their potential. We  want to help you deliver art and design courses that will reinforce the enjoyment of learning and develop positive engagement with learners. Whether you want to find something specific or just keep up to date with developments, these sections aim to  support your own development and knowledge.

Recent articles
Working on a Show as a Group – Case Study

Working on a Show as a Group – Case Study

Presenting work in a final exhibition might be the first time students have really engaged with a wide audience.  This article explores ways of making the process of producing a successful exhibition easier for students.

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Sharing Resources in Art and Design

Sharing Resources in Art and Design

Each lecturer puts in huge amounts of effort producing inventive and creative resources, but have you ever wondered how useful it would be to have access to everyone in your department’s resources? Harnessing the research and production power of everyone in your education area or establishment can do ...

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Learning

The Learning section of Pearson Portfolio invites students to use resources and get inspiration. There is help with both practical and theoretical aspects of learning art and design.

Learning should be enriching, fun and challenging. It should open your eyes to how to improve but also surprise with new ways of approaching materials and creative solutions. This section encourages learners to extend their research skills and knowledge of art and design in order to generate ideas, which can be taken into current projects. Activities will provide opportunities to stretch practical skills and challenge thinking.

Recent articles
Testing Painting Ideas Using Computers

Testing Painting Ideas Using Computers

The beauty of computers is that you can undo and redo whenever you want. You don’t have to be afraid when experimenting and trying something new. This resource looks at how computers can help students doing practical work like illustration, painting and other specialisms.

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Introducing Typography – Font Foolery

Introducing Typography – Font Foolery

Typography is a wonderful art form. It can easily be as creative and experimental as any other art form like collage or painting. This resource looks at different technologies available to help you on your typographic journey.

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Inspiration

Inspiration for both students and teachers. We think it helps to share ideas and methods of making and delivering art and design. Find case studies, examples of best practice submitted by schools and colleges, and useful artists and designers.

Recent articles

Performance as a Powerful Art Tool

Performance as a Powerful Art Tool

There are two shocking things about this portfolio: the impact of the movie and the relationship between a fine art student and video as a medium. This resource explores that special relationship and how to make use of them.

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Using Process as a Project

Using Process as a Project

Having a really simple idea as a starting point can make the whole project really sophisticated. This resource looks at a project concerned with the idea of process. It also presents a very structured approach to producing a final outcome.

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Structured Fashion Project

Structured Fashion Project

Having a really simple idea as a starting point can make the whole project really sophisticated. This resource looks at a project based on water transportation in a very logical yet subtle way. It also presents a very structured approach to producing a final outcome.

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Progression

We want all learners to succeed to the best of their potential. In the Progression section, you will find art and design specific support and information on how to maximise the chances of achieving career goals.

Whether a learner is at the start of their art and design education, or about to take the step into University, the Progression section has tips and ideas to help with planning at any point in that process. There are articles including; ideas for preparation, presentation, interview techniques, applications and writing personal statements, everything needed to access the next education or career stage.

Recent articles
Personal Development Planning

Personal Development Planning

This article covers how students can develop key transferable work based skills through relevant projects in art, design and media. It also looks at the role Personal Development Planning can play in supporting the development of professional skills.

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Presenting Time Based Work in Portfolios

Presenting Time Based Work in Portfolios

Time-based work includes things like movies, installations or performances. These can be really difficult to present in a portfolio, but that should put you off making them. This resource looks at some things you should consider when presenting this kind of work in a portfolio.

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Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation

The “mock” interview is a really interesting opportunity for learning. This resource is an exploration of a method used by a colleague that worked on many different levels as a learning experience. It also compares this to other useful mock interview formats.

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