Contemporary Printmaking and Digital Practice
Time: 14:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VS500
Duration: 21 sessions (over 25 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will learn creative, conceptual and practical approaches to defining a personal project which you will develop over 6 months. There will be plenty of advice and technical know-how available to support you in developing your own ideas, and exploring your personal themes and interests through a range of contemporary digital and print-based media. Your finished work might be one (or more) of: print (digital or hand-printed), book, screen-based, time-based, digitally-produced, or some combination of these, depending on where you choose to take it. You can expect to be challenged on a technical level, and encouraged to explore different possible creative outcomes – if you have ideas, but need help in understanding how to turn them into finished work, or how best to develop their full creative potential across a range of media, this is the course you need.
What will we cover?
You will start the course with an idea and basic plan for a piece of work (or a series of works), and, with tutorial advice and support, explore the possibilities and implications inherent within them. You’ll be working in our digital hub, with access to the latest imaging and layout software, and in our printmaking studio, across a range of traditional print processes (eg: photolitho, screenprinting, cyanotype, relief). You will have access to output processes from digital print to laser cutting and 3D printing, and will learn how to combine digital and autographic processes in open and flexible ways, including the use of open-source software, as and where appropriate, so that you can retain full control over where you take your work, taking advantage of possibilities inherent in different media and processes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• propose, develop and complete a personal project
• work across and combine a range of digital and analogue print media (as appropriate to your creative intentions)
• command greater technical and creative control over your individual art practice, across a range of manual and digital techniques and media
• more effectively realise your ideas, learning how to mine the full creative potential within them through a process of experimentation, development and reflection
• understand how to use and combine traditional and contemporary art-making processes and techniques in open and flexible ways, according to your intention.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
As this is an advanced course, it is desirable for you to be somewhat familiar with at least one of the main printmaking processes (eg: screen-printing, lithography), or to be reasonably competent in one of the key digital imaging applications (eg: Photoshop, Illustrator). It is recognised, however, that contemporary printmaking and associated hybrid print-related practices can incorporate a wide range of techniques and processes, and there is no particular skill or discipline you have to be familiar with. You should be as clear as you can in your application statement about the sorts of processes you wish to explore or combine, and what skills you think you need to develop or may need help with, in pursuing you project plan. The course is studio based and will involve use of both traditional, autographic ‘messy’ print processes, and the latest software and digital output techniques; the exact blend of these depends on your ideas and how they develop based on what you learn over the course. You can be confident, however, that whatever you do, your tutors will be there to guide and support you throughout. All our tutors are practicing artists, and will be able to advise.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
If your work involves photography, you will need your own camera or phone, as appropriate. You will have access to computers and the latest digital imaging applications on-site, but you may wish to work on your own laptop/tablet or software for the digital elements of the course (please note: City Lit does not provide Adobe Creative Cloud licences for student use off-site). All basic materials are provided, but you may need to source certain materials for yourself, depending on how you decide to develop your work. Your tutors will advise and support you throughout.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
If your work involves photography, you will need to use your own camera or phone (as appropriate to your needs). You may wish to work on your own laptop/tablet and software, for the digitally focused components of the course. If your finished work involves materials other than screen or paper-based forms; you may need to source materials for yourself, through advice/guidance from course tutors. City Lit does not provide the Adobe Creative Cloud or any other software licences for use outside of the classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Suitable progression routes from this course include other advanced City Lit courses: City Lit fine art; Developing art practice; Contemporary practice: personal project. Other options include application to HE courses (BA/MA) in relevant subject specialisms, or professional/commercial practice in fine art media.
In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, you will find a new and growing range of professional practice workshops in the school of Visual Arts, aimed at providing support, skills and context, and developing communities of practice. These workshops can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of a modular course, which you design for yourself; either way, they are there to provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.
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.