Portfolio Building Courses for GAP Year Students (Post-School /Pre-University)




If you are thinking of going to Art School and want to develop your work for Foundation or Degree course entry we can offer you studio space and attentive tutoring for an intensive week or a month long stay on Crete.

Our base is Rethymno, a great coastal town which has everything – it’s a cool place in and out of season, has a big Uni student population with plenty of  accomodation. Check out the LINKS.

Course fees: (Non residential)  – studio space and tutoring per week – 150 euro

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We are well qualified, highly experienced and successful teachers, examiners and practising artists whose home is on Crete.  Through wide experience of teaching in International Schools, we are familiar with the entry requirements for Foundation and Honours Degree courses at Universities worldwide.  Over the years our students have gained entry to some of the most prestigious institutions.  Our reputation has been built not only on academic achievement but on a sensitive awareness of the needs of individual students and their pastoral care.

The teaching language is English.

Portfolio Development
You are leaving school having studied Art and Design at Advanced, IB Diploma or at High School Diploma level and you may be planning to go to Art School for further study.  You are taking a year out of formal education and you want to strengthen your portfolio by taking a post-school ‘gap’ course.  You’re keen to ensure entry to the University of your choice, and you wish to be well prepared for a dedicated pursuit in the Visual Arts.

New Directions
You may not have studied Art and Design at school but would now welcome an opportunity to develop your interest and skills in the Visual Arts.  Our courses can provide an ideal ‘gap’ activity; one that will stimulate your visual awareness and forever change your perception of the world around you.

The Courses
Our courses are designed specifically to offer you continuity through structured studio and outdoor work with relevant contextual investigation.  The teaching emphasis will be on the development of observational drawing and painting skills with mixed media applications. We aim to encourage and facilitate your personal responses and to heighten your visual awareness.  There will also of course, be time to explore this wonderful island and all it has to offer.
The length of the course may vary to suit the requirements of individuals – from a 1 week intensive course up to 3 months of continuous study.
Essential equipment and start up materials will be provided.

We are registering students from different parts of the world to advance and promote intercultural dialogue through the Visual Arts.

The Island of Crete
The largest and most southerly of the Greek Islands, Crete is certainly the most diverse and arguably the most beautiful. Historically it has always been a hub in the eastern Mediterranean, where east and west are plaited together.  The ancient Minoan civilisation and subsequent Venetian and Ottoman occupations are all visible in the architecture here, combined with a heady mixture of friendly hospitality, good food, the bluest of seas and a lovely climate.

We look forward to your email – and perhaps to welcoming you to Crete!

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March 9, 2011
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