City Lit fine art course: year 1 daytime

Course Dates: 12/10/20 - 22/06/21
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
(Click here to see the course exhibition showing work from our Year 2 City Lit Fine Art Students )

Build an individual fine art practice by exploring painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media and contextual studies, across a series of structured projects in live on-line classes allowing you to participate from home or in your own workspace. You will be expected to keep up with current art practice and exhibitions, on-line and/or in your locality. Weekly on-line group tutorials will help you adopt an independent and experimental approach to your work. The course can be taken for personal development, or act as a bridge between adult short courses and entry to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You will need to provide your own basic materials, a list is provided but to start with in weeks 1 & 2 - just some paper and charcoal! LATE INTERVIEWS available, enabling new students to start up until the end of October. Contact
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £1,199.00 Senior fee £959.00 Concession £731.00

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Course Code: VM553

Started Mon, day, 12 Oct - 22 Jun '21

Duration: 45 sessions (over 37 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course provides a solid introduction to the practice of contemporary fine art at advanced level.
Core-teaching is delivered live on-line Mondays 10.30 - 16.00, plus an online open classroom with tutor supoort on alternate Tuesdays from 10-1pm. Studio-workshop sessions (specifically for City Lit Fine Art students) are available in the college on alternate Saturdays 10-5. These are optional for students who feel comfortable coming in to work - and need to be enrolled for separately. Please contact for more information on these supplementary studio sessions.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The course will develop a range of skills centred around drawing, painting, 3D, printmaking, digital arts, photography and mixed media. The various specialist tutors will provide insight and information about the different approaches to fine art practice. This will be supported by an introduction to art theory which complements the various practical projects.

This course concerns contemporary practice and debate. As such you can expect to be stimulated and challenged by some of the ideas and images discussed.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- apply your skills at a more advanced level, in a variety of fine art disciplines
- participate in a variety of fine art disciplines
- participate in a wide variety of practical projects
- reflect critically upon the work you produce
- present the sketchbooks you have developed and know how to use a variety of visual research methods.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is the first stage of a programme intended for those who wish to explore practical fine art disciplines in a structured teaching environment over a sustained period.

We welcome applications from creative individuals with a basic level of experience in one or two areas - maybe in performance, drawing, 3D, photography or digital media. Please choose 5 pieces of recent work/video/sketches and be prepared to discuss your creative interests with the course co-ordinators Chris Hough and Amanda Knight. Interviews currently available for mid-to-late October start.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will develop your work through a series of interrelated, set projects. Online teaching methods will include individual tutorials, group discussions, seminars, practical demonstrations and projects, plus guided museum and gallery research tasks (subject to social distancing measures and public health guidance).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A basic materials list will be provided for home-working. This is carefully devised to minimise your expenditure and waste. For the first six weeks of term you will need the following:
Box of medium charcoal
Hard eraser
HB, 1B and 4B pencil (essentially hard to soft)
Black pastel
White pastel
Black Indian ink, a 5-7cm wide bristle or nylon brush (can be household) and 2 jam jars
A2 sketchpad.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The course prepares you for stage 2 of the City Lit fine art course and aims to provide you with a range of options upon which you may begin to develop personal work. Entry to stage 2 will be by interview/advice session, where we will look at a folder of your work and advise you on your options for further study.

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Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.