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Portfolio Preparation Course for Youth – 24 sessions [Part 1]

About This Course

Art Portfolio Preparation Course for Youth – Part 1

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For Art Course Enquiry, please email [email protected] OR call/WhatsApp us at 62550711.

Suitable for learners looking to enrol in various art schools, from DSA to Tertiary! For those looking to prepare a portfolio for Diploma level and above, please click here to find out more!

Considering Art Portfolio Preparation for Diploma level and above? Click here to read more!

Also, click here to read more about portfolio preparation in general!


Art Portfolio for Diploma level and above requires specific contents that are unique to that specialisation and major. A portfolio made for Interior Design will definitely be different from one made for Animation! The preparation process is not as simple as just putting together doodles and drawings that you have collected over the years. Each schools have their own criteria and and requirements.

Part 1: Training & Development of Professional Art Techniques and Observational Works


The first part of the portfolio preparation programme focuses on the building of foundational techniques and knowledge. This segment is tailored according to the progress and existing foundation of each student; if you have been academically trained before, we will begin learning from a more advanced curriculum! This segment aims to prepare the students with a solid foundation before moving on to work on their portfolio works.

We aim to train our students to have a good foundation that would allow them to thrive in all sorts of artistic ventures in the future. Book a timing with us to have a consultation and start off your portfolio preparation!

Success Stories from our students!

Our student successfully applied for RMIT and LASALLE's Bachelor Degree in Animation
Our student successfully applied for Temasek Polytechnic's Diploma in Apparel Design and Merchandising

Visual Arts Centre’s Approach

Every young artist has their own interests. With that into consideration, our professionally trained instructors will train your kid from the utmost basics of drawing and sketching to producing their own unique style of artworks over a period of time. Our goal is to help your kid build a good foundation and slowly – as time goes by, help them find their niche and cultivate their creativity through this art portfolio preparation course.

We broke down 3 key criteria we have collated from some of the top local and global art schools: 

  1. Good Foundational Art Skills in Different Mediums
  2. A Diverse Range of Skills That Showcases Your Unique Style and Capabilities
  3. Clear Display of Logical Thinking and Development of Artwork

We’ve broken the painstaking journey of building a portfolio into two different parts: 

Part 1: Foundational Art Techniques and 2D Works

Part 2: Development of Artworks

Part 1: Foundational Art Techniques and 2D Works

Part 1 of the Art Portfolio Preparation Course for DSA will focus on training and developing the student’s art foundation and techniques. These foundational skills are essential to creating a good portfolio as they serve as the base of every artist’s journey in the professional world. Specifically, students will be trained in: 

    • Sketching and tonal drawing
    • Methods and techniques in creating realistic and observational works
    • Other art mediums such as watercolour and acrylic painting

Over the course of 24 sessions, we will emphasize on honing these techniques and thereafter, conduct an assessment after every technique has been taught. This enables us to track our students’ progress and ensure that we are able to identify their weaker areas and spend more time on improving them. 

At Visual Arts Centre, we strive to train our students to be well-rounded. This helps them to be more versatile and able to meet the needs of their clients in the future. Or even for themselves, to achieve the most out of their creativity in their own artworks.

3D Model Work by our portfolio students

How Does It Work? Art Portfolio Preparation

Each student would be given a folder with guides, reference materials, feedback and rubrics made in reference from the criteria of the top schools as well as our our instructor’s professional feedback. On top of that we would conduct an assessment after each learning stage. This folder will be a good addition to the preparation to allow our student to track their progress and know where they are at during the preparation process.

Visual Arts Centre is motivated with the mission to get your child into their preferred art school. Over here, we adopt a unique and systematic approach that allows you to train your foundational art skills and develop your own sense of creativity. From foundational skills to how to ace those interviews, Visual Arts Centre has it all covered.

This course is available for registration for just 24 Sessions, that only focuses on Part (1). Click here to find out more!Art Portfolio Preparation

Please Call/WhatsApp us at 6255 0711 | Email us: [email protected] for more enquiries!

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All of our courses are conducted in our cozy art studio, which will provide you with a conducive environment to learn with us. Built by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, Visual Arts Centre is located in the heart of the Dhoby Ghaut Arts & Heritage precinct, a main tourist destination for experiencing the arts and cultural atmosphere of Singapore. Minutes away from several major art institutions, museums and schools. We are also a stone’s throwaway from Dhoby Ghaut MRT station and many bus stops, so it is easy for you to navigate to us.


All in all, if you are looking to build a good art portfolio, it would be good if you join our courses. You will be able to create many stellar pieces which will surely impress art schools!

Have any queries? Please feel free to contact us at: 6255 0711 / 6733 2155 or WhatsApp +65 6255 0711

We can also be contacted via email at [email protected].

Location: 10 Penang Road, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, Singapore 238469 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT Exit B, 30 meter, left turn)


Learning Objectives

Registration is now open! (Our Portfolio class will be carried out alongside our regular classes.)

Age Group: Portfolio preparation students, Youths/Adults applying for art schools

Price (All Materials Included):

48 Sessions: $2898 (Part 1 + Part 2)

Validity: 48 Weeks

Click here if you would like to purchase 24 Sessions (Part 1) with us instead!

Schedule & Location

Registration & Fees

Please choose the studio you prefer”

Ala Carte 10 Sessions Portfolio Coaching Preparation Course (Process) for Diploma and Above 作品集准备私人10节课程 (Dhoby Ghaut)
Location Visual Arts Centre Dhoby Ghaut Studio
72 sessions Portfolio Preparation Course (Process) for Youths & 4 sessions Portfolio Coaching 作品集准备72节课程 & 4节私人课(Dhoby Ghaut)
Location Visual Arts Centre Dhoby Ghaut Art Studio
80 Weeks
48 Sessions Foundation Training (3 Med Art Immersion) + 8 Sessions Portfolio Private Coaching 
Location Visual Arts Centre Dhoby Ghaut Studio
54 Weeks
72 Sessions Foundation Training (3 Med Art Immersion) + 8 Sessions Portfolio Private Coaching 
Location Visual Arts Centre Dhoby Ghaut Studio
80 Weeks
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Basic Drawing Techniques: Start with the fundamentals of drawing, such as line work, shapes, and proportions. Provide step-by-step instructions on how to draw basic manga characters, focusing on simple shapes that can be built upon.
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Storytelling and Paneling: Explore the basics of storytelling in manga, including paneling techniques, pacing, and layout. Show examples of different panel structures and discuss how they affect the flow of the story.
Inking and Coloring: Introduce participants to inking techniques using pens or markers. You can also cover digital inking for those interested. Then, demonstrate basic coloring techniques using markers, colored pencils, or digital software.
Feedback and Collaboration: Provide opportunities for participants to share their work and receive feedback from their peers and instructors. Encourage collaboration by having them work together on short manga projects or collaborative drawings.
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