Open Studio — Portfolio Preparation Course,
Creative Practices 2020–2021

We Lost You For A Moment There

It gives us great pleasure to share the work of this year’s students who have studied with us on our Portfolio Preparation Course – Creative Practices. All have shown a prodigious amount of dedication to their studies during very challenging times and have embraced working online with us, establishing remote working spaces, with continued enthusiasm and commitment. They have all been remarkably abundant in their making and created portfolios of work that are diverse and engrossing; whilst supporting each other in their learning, being extraordinarily good natured and kind throughout.

Our primary focus is the creation of a unique and distinctive fine art, design or architecture portfolios of work, for both ‘Digital ‘and ‘Full’ Portfolio submissions for Further and Higher Education Courses and other directions. Students studying on the Portfolio Preparation Course work in a Studio Environment this year online, within which every student is supported in developing their creative skills, through the application of a wide-range of imaginative, technical and practical processes. The diverse online studio-based learning and teaching activities, have been and are designed to assist students in simultaneously developing experimental and innovative work as well as acquiring a strong work ethic.

This year being online has given the students this opportunity to showcase their work via the GSA Website at the end of their studies, self-selecting and curating their own work and promotional material, providing a professional experience where the emphasis is on learning and thinking through doing, and the site will be available for the public to view for a year.

The majority of our students go on to study Undergraduate Degrees, plus some Postgraduate Degrees in either Fine Art, Design or Architecture, at institutions across Scotland, the UK and Europe. Other trajectories include being self-employed, running their own creative businesses and undertaking internships.

This year’s students are all currently being invited for interviews and receiving offers, considering other and all their options and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for choosing to study with us and we wish them all the very best for their futures.

Deborah Holland + Joanie Jack

Joint Course Leaders

Portfolio Preparation Course – Creative Practices
Open Studio

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Megan Waterston

Restriction I

Restriction II

Restriction III

Restriction IV

Series investigating restriction. Wrapping the body in tight material of cling film, looking at new life and change.

Follow the Signs

Short experimental video playing with associations of restrictions inspired by a sign I found in Budapest.

Follow the Signs



Ink photography, projecting onto people and surroundings


Exploring typography through manipulation of marshmallows and light.


Sickly II

Digital Collage


Series of long exposure photography using marshmallows with LEDS inside.


Ego II

Ego II


Collage using wool, continuing idea of alter egos and public personality.


Public installation in local bus stop. Using altered everyday objects I connected to the pandemic. Looking at the idea of altered life.


Wool Mask

This mask was created as part of an online collaboration I begun called “The Untitled”. The mask is inspired by anonymous profiles and previous collages. I used projection mapping onto the plain surface of the mask, giving it personality and reinforcing change.