Tutoring for Degree Portfolio

I'm Ali Hansen, a fashion illustrator in the UK. I attended University of Westminster and achieved a BA Hons Degree in Fashion and Textile Design. I then went on to work for many years in the fashion design industry both in the UK, USA and the Far East. Today it is more competitive than ever to secure a place at some of the UKs top fashion colleges. I began tutoring when my son applied to St Martins School of Art a couple of years ago. We found that one to one fashion tutoring helped him immensely in preparing a fashion design portfolio for St Martins. In 2021/22 I have been tutoring fashion students who have applied to St Martins, London College of Fashion, Westminster and Kingston.


I am based in the Midlands and so can offer fashion tutoring in Leamington Spa and Warwick and also the surrounding areas. Each tutoring session costs £25 and I supply all of the art materials and papers within the lesson. Sessions last for one hour or you can book in for one and a half or two hours as well, for £38 and £50. Sometimes it takes longer to really go over a portfolio and come up with an application plan.


My tutoring students usually join me in September at the start of the academic year. We begin by talking about each students individual goals and which areas they want to specialise in and what particular universities they want to apply to. I can give feedback on what I have learnt over the years from the various universities and can also advise at that point on the importance of attending open days. Once we have reviewed what colleges the student wishes to apply to we create a timetable and a plan based on the types of portfolio each college requires and when they require it. We then pace ourselves and create a portfolio that fits the brief of what the University is looking for, from September to January. With my vast amount of industry experience, I know how to show an understanding of the design process from research through to presentation of final collections.


I also offer advice and guidance for each students personal statements. I  can show students actual portfolios from past students who have been successful in their applications to the top fashion universities. Please drop me a line if you have any questions about fashion tutoring for university applications. My email is alihansentutorforart@gmail.com  Have a look at the Degree Portfolio Gallery here.

Ali Hansen has been a member of the Association of Illustrators since 2010.

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