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The Portfolio Course

Everything You Need To Know To Build A Great Portfolio For Application To University Or Employment

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Prepare, Plan & Build Your Portfolio

For Application To University, College Or Employment

The Portfolio Course by Sonia Nicolson-Gudrúnarson is taught completely online through short video tutorials. Learn how to Prepare, Plan & Build your Portfolio for Application to University, College or Employment.

✓ 100% online + Notes Provided

✓ work at your own pace + rewatch anytime

✓ built-in chat to interact with other students

“Great class! Filled with useful tips for those who wants to get into the creative industry and establish a proper portfolio. I'll be using these tips for my next interview.” Gray H.

What Is An E-Course And How Do I Learn?

E-courses are online courses, taught in a virtual classroom. You join in the course to gain access to the classes. It's 100% online, so you work at your own pace - anywhere, anytime. The Portfolio Course is taught in a series of short video tutorials for you to work through with notes provided. You can pause and re-watch anytime, and your get lifetime access so your place on the course never expires.

This course is hosted on Teachable, teachable.com is ranked ‘Top Virtual School Platform’ in the Industry.

Who Teaches This Course?

Sonia Nicolson BA (Hons), PG Dip Arch, ARB, FHEA

Hi, I’m Sonia and I teach The Portfolio Course. I’m a British Chartered Architect & online educator with over 10years experience in higher education and the design sector. I have seen 1000's of portfolios whilst interviewing students for degree programs in the UK and for the British Council across Asia.

I run the website Layoutlines.com which helps students and creative entrepreneurs successfully design and build their own careers.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn what a portfolio is (in a physical & digital format), why they are important, how they are used for Academic and Professional purpose, and what your portfolio should contain. You will also get advice on Editing, Layout and Annotation (text), and some tips on dealing with nerves and confidence when it comes to presenting your portfolio of work.

What Else Is Included?

The course starts with an introduction and overview. Examples of my work are shown and links to recommended websites for you to go explore and research. Optional Projects are available as PDF downloads to help you build great content for your portfolio, and there is a discussion section to chat about the course and ask questions.

Student Testimonials

“Really good pointers toward a thoughtfully considered portfolio presentation” Diane, UK

"She has a lot of great ideas about how to put together and present your portfolio, and I appreciate her upbeat and encouraging tone" - Rachel, USA

"Sonia is probably one of the very few people I look up to..." Niriksha INDIA

"Sonia’s optimism and enthusiasm inspires others to reach their full potential. She has helped and guided me on a wide range of interior design and architecture projects, and enriched my work through her innovative design thinking and creativity. Sonia offers the best advice" - Katie UK

"Sonia is a great teacher who has given me the opportunity to develop not just as a Designer but as a person too...She is truly inspirational" - Trishita UK

"I found Sonia’s teaching approach to be very relaxed which was refreshing" - Sasha UK

The diversity of her knowledge and skills were always evident in her work. She has a distinctive infectious laughter, with charisma to match!
"It really helped me to talk to Sonia about my portfolio, she pointed out things that worked and tips on how to make something stand out better through layouts" Inga ICELAND

Why Choose This Portfolio Course?

The Portfolio Course is taught by Sonia Nicolson, a British chartered Architect and online educator with over 10years experience in higher education in the UK, Japan and India. She has helped hundreds of creative students to build their portfolio for entry into education and employment.

Sonia has previously taught Undergrad and Maters students, and brings her knowledge and expertise to this course, having interviewed hundreds of students for UK Design degrees and held Portfolio Workshops for the British Council across Asia.

Hugely passionate about helping students and creative entrepreneurs to build their portfolio, Sonia will help you put your best foot forward.

See You In The Course


Your Instructor


Sonia Nicolson
Sonia Nicolson

Sonia Nicolson BA (Hons), PG Dip Arch, ARB, FHEA

Architect, Creator, Online Educator (& new Mum) living in Reykjavik, Iceland. Sonia runs Layoutlines.com and brings over 10years industry and academic experience working in the UK, Japan and India. Get FREE access to The Layoutlines Library

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Course Curriculum


  Welcome To The Course
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  What Is In The Portfolio?
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  Submitting Your Portfolio
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  Good luck
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to email me [email protected] | www.layoutlines.com

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