University staff member talking to prospective students and parents at open event

We'RE Excited to meet you

Find out about the latest events we're attending and hosting

As well as at our Open Days, you can meet us at other events like UCAS fairs and taster days. Come to one of these events to find out more about our University, the courses you can do with us, and what life has in store for you at Portsmouth. 

Graduate Show Taster Day (post-16)

If you’re a sixth form student interested in studying a creative subject at university, join us on Tuesday 11 June to experience what it's like to study for a creative degree at Portsmouth. 

At our Graduate Show Taster Day, you can find out about all the creative degrees we offer, explore the creative hub where our creative degrees are taught, and take part in one or more creative workshops in the following subjects:

  • Architecture
  • Creative technologies
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Journalism
  • Music and sound technology
  • Photography

You'll get to see the work of our current students, use the same kit they use, and meet the lecturers who could be teaching you soon. The workshops include practical sessions, such as:

  • Creative pattern cutting in our print workshop
  • Collaborative Zine making in our illustration studio
  • An app design workshop
  • 3D self-portrait making in our photographic studios

Your visit will also include a Welcome Talk and a tour of our final year students' work as part of the Graduate Show 2019.

For a full list of workshops, please email our Recruitment and Outreach team at

How to book

You can book as an individual, or as a group through your school or college. There are 3 options for booking, depending on how many workshops you'd like to attend: 

  1. Attend 1 workshop in the morning (arrive at 9.45am and depart at 12.30pm)
  2. Attend 1 workshop in the afternoon (arrive at 12.15pm and depart at 3pm)
  3. Attend 1 workshop in the morning and 1 workshop in the afternoon (arrive at 9.45am and depart at 3pm)

If you have questions about your booking, please email our Recruitment and Outreach team at

Grad Show 2019

Making Your Mind Up Taster Day (pre-16)

Secondary school students with a passion for creativity can explore what it's like to study for a creative degree at the University at our Making Your Mind Up Taster Day on Wednesday 12 June.

During a series of hands-on creative workshops – in subjects including architecture, creative technologies, fashion & textiles, graphic design, illustration, music and sound technology and photography – students in years 8 and 9 will have the chance to:

  • Design and build a tower from oversized playing cards
  • Create their own mobile app
  • Design and make a creative textile pattern
  • Put their graphic design skills to the test in our studio

The taster day starts with a Welcome Talk, includes a tour of the University with our current student ambassadors, and runs from 10am to 2pm. 

How to book

Schools can book up to 15 places, for year 8 and year 9 students only. To book, please email with the following details:

  • Your school name
  • A contact name, email and phone number
  • Whether you require minibus parking

Please note, lunch isn’t provided, so students should bring their own packed lunch.

UCAS fairs

We’ll be at several UCAS fairs this year. Stop by our stand to find out more about the University, the reasons to study here and to ask questions about your course. We’ll talk you through the UCAS application process and answer your questions.

Our representatives on the stands have helped lots of other students find their perfect course and apply to university. They're knowledgeable about our courses and the opportunities you can access here like learning another language, studying abroad and joining a society. They can also give you guidance on the personal, academic and financial support you can get here. You can also meet some of our current students.

Join us at one of the following UCAS fairs

Speak to us at any of these UCAS fairs and you could win a £1000 University Starter Kit.

Hampshire UCAS fair 

Thursday 2 May 2019 - 9.30am–3.00pm

University of Winchester, Winchester

Essex UCAS fair

Thursday 13 June 2019 - 9.30am–3.00pm

University of Essex, Colchester

Birmingham UCAS fair 

Monday 24 June 2019 - 9.30am–3.00pm

Tuesday 25 June 2019 - 9.30am–3.00pm 

NEC, Birmingham

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