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School of Visual Arts

Centre for Advanced Practice

City Lit’s Centre for Advanced Practice is where you can find advanced courses from across all subject areas in Visual Arts. In many cases, this means well established courses of a year or longer, with outstanding reputations for preparing students for study at Bachelors or Masters level. Equally, their quality and depth makes them a viable alternative, for many learners, to the conventional Higher Education route into careers as creative practitioners.

To continue to support learners from a range of backgrounds, with diverse requirements, we have several newly developed courses – with more appearing soon – that build on our long-standing fine art and contemporary craft provision, and bring traditional practices up to date, to ensure learners have the relevant skills for the contemporary creative industries. This is supported through increasing connections with external organisations and practitioners in many courses, for example through real-world project briefs, public exhibitions, and visits from industry professionals.

In the last couple of years, we have introduced new titles in contemporary media and communications-based creative practices, and new courses running across a range of patterns and modes (weekly, monthly, studio-based, online or blended), to ensure that our advanced provision remains accessible and manageable alongside learners’ existing commitments. Alongside these developments, we are progressively refreshing many of our well-established courses, with an increased emphasis on critical discourse, and contemporary cultural debate, in keeping with the advanced level of study and focus on increased confidence, independence and professionalism that are the common characteristics of all our advanced courses.

In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, a growing range of advanced one-day workshops is available, aimed at providing knowledge and insight required to support specific aspects of professional practice. These can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of your own pick-and-mix modular course. In common with our long courses, these will provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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  1. Get your artwork out there
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    This workshop will provide you with the knowledge required to seek opportunities to exhibit your art work in the public arena, focusing primarily on the conventional gallery or exhibition space, and with an emphasis on opportunities leading to sales. This can be a daunting process, and it can be hard to know where to begin, or how to present your work. Through group discussion and experience, we will draw on perspectives from across a range of backgrounds and creative practices, and start by interrogating and defining our own work in order ensure the ability make an effective opening pitch or presentation. As part of the course each student will make a short presentation of their work to the group, practicing discussing their work with a sympathetic audience and observing other artists’ approaches to presenting their work. Having provided insights and presented strategies for securing opportunities to present your work, the session will consider practical, organisational and technical considerations that go into preparing, delivering and exhibiting work in an exhibition including:



    - Finding and preparing for open-call exhibition opportunities



    - Communicating with private galleries



    - Putting together a funding application



    - Preparing your work for exhibition



    - Framing and documenting work







    Please note: you are asked to prepare a short presentation of no more than 10 minutes about your work, in advance of the session. This can take the form of a powerpoint presentation of around 10-15 slides, or a tour of your website or instagram page. This introduction should outline your ideas, motivations and recent developments in your work.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  2. Foundation diploma in art and design
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Multiple
    The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at City Lit is an exciting and challenging multi-disciplinary art, design, craft and media programme. It is designed to give you the best possible introduction to a wide range of materials, techniques and processes, and to support you in identifying and developing your creative interests and thinking. Validated by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, it is an internationally recognised qualification with a UCAS tariff that enables you to apply directly to University.



    The course fee is £5421, plus an upfront fee of £100 payable at the time of your enrolment. If you are unable to pay the course fees, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee, repayable after the course ends. A deposit of £200 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans



    For more information, please call Art Foundation (pre 1920) on 020 7492 2700/2703.
    Full fee £5,521.00 Senior fee £5,521.00 Concession £5,521.00
  3. Advanced life drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    A weekly, concentrated life-drawing session for learners studying on any of City Lit's advanced visual arts courses.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £251.00
  4. Ceramics diploma workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jim Gladwin
    For ceramics diploma students only.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  5. City Lit Advanced textile art course
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Baldwin, Lara Hailey, Rosie James, Polly Pollock
    Take your textiles to another level with this stimulating two year advanced course. Open up new perspectives for your work as you explore a range of technical and visual research methods in response to a theme. These will include approaches to drawing, contextual studies, mixed media, dye and print, stitch and constructed textiles. You will be guided and supported throughout by regular tutorials and workshops that stretch your individual textile practice. The course will culminate in a public exhibition at the end of year two.
    Full fee £2,699.00 Senior fee £2,159.00 Concession £1,889.00
  6. Art and design portfolio projects
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    Explore art and design projects in drawing, painting, model making and mixed media to confidently develop your personal ideas. Investigate ways of recording ideas and imagery through experimental sketchbooks and other formats to build a diverse portfolio of creative work.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  7. City Lit fine art: year 2
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo, Anne-Marie Foster, Monika Kita, Lucinda Oestreicher, Steven Scott
    Consolidating the experience gained in year 1 of CLFA, you will pursue a more individual, self-motivated route, resulting in a body of work that reflects your own interests. You will have one-to-one tutorials and production sessions that allow you explore and refine your creative skills, plus seminars and lectures in which you will engage with new ideas and contexts; all delivered by experienced, practising artists. Basic materials are provided for working in the City Lit studios, but you may be required to source your own specialist materials, depending on your choices.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,949.00 Senior fee £1,559.00 Concession £1,364.00
  8. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn, Michael Harding, Amanda Knight, Kim Scouller
    Develop your painting in greater depth on this advanced course, working with a team of artist-tutors and a committed network of peer-practitioners, across a set of projects focusing on a range of contemporary themes, processes, and debates. The course is intended for experienced painters with a positive and enquiring attitude to the practices and discourses of painting in its various forms, and a commitment to peer-dialogue and critical discussion. Focused and intensive studio-based weekend projects (once per month), are interspersed with weekly online tutorials, feedback, discussion and seminars.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,504.00
  9. City Lit fine jewellery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone, Rae Duncan, Emilia Netto, Katrin Spranger
    This advanced course will refine your existing jewellery making and design skills, through sessions in the workshop and guided independent study tasks. With an ethos of ‘idea to product,’ developing your personal research, design and making approach, there will be structured modules and projects encouraging you to build on your technical skills, presentation, and professional practice. We will explore material, finish and construction, alongside professional practice methodologies such as drawing, prototyping, outsourcing, pricing, and selling. The course culminates with working towards the production of a final body of work to be exhibited in public.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £1,049.00
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  10. City Lit fine jewellery workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Work independently on your own jewellery projects in our well equipped jewellery workshop. This is an opportunity for self-directed and untutored bench time, sharing the studio with the year long VV414 City Lit fine jewellery course.
    Full fee £699.00 Senior fee £699.00 Concession £489.00
  11. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This exciting and intensive course is a chance to develop key creative skills, methods and thinking in art and design, across 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies, to prepare you for entry to our UAL-validated, Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £524.00
  12. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discourse. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation via group crits, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, collaborative work and discussion and debate. This course will be delivered onsite.
    Full fee £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £769.00
  13. City Lit fine art: year 1
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin, Alexandra Harley, Brian Hodgson, Monika Kita, Amanda Knight, Steven Scott
    Build an individual fine art practice by exploring painting, drawing, sculpture, print, digital media and contextual studies, across a series of structured projects in live on-line and studio based classes. Weekly on-line participation from home (or your own workspace) is combined with fortnightly attendance at the City Lit studios. Regular group discussions and tutorials will help you adopt an independent and experimental approach to your work.You will be expected to keep up with current art practice and exhibitions, on-line and/or in your locality.







    The course can be taken for personal creative development, or act as a bridge between adult short courses and entry to undergraduate and postgraduate Fine Art courses. Basic materials are provided for working in the city Lit studios, but you may be required to source your own specialist materials, depending on your choices. Each term will include one additional off-site gallery visit or external activity, dates subject to opportunites.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,949.00 Senior fee £1,559.00 Concession £1,364.00
  14. Advanced print and media
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Rolina Elsje Blok, David Holah, Claire Hynds, Monika Kita, Emilia Netto
    This advanced course explores how printmaking is used by contemporary artists across a range of media. Over the course of 30 weeks you will develop a portfolio of work using both traditional and digital print techniques working both within the print workshop and the digital lab. The course culminates with a public exhibition of work, and the production of a print publication. As you acquire advanced printmaking skills you will be encouraged to explore your own ideas and themes developing a sustainable art practice that is both meaningful to you and relevant to the contemporary art world.
    Full fee £2,199.00 Senior fee £1,759.00 Concession £1,539.00
  15. City Lit fine art: year 3
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Amanda Knight, Steven Scott
    Consolidating the experience gained in year 1 and 2 of CLFA, or building upon experience of practicing to an equivalent level, you will pursue an individual, self-motivated route through year 3. This will be based upon an existing portfolio and ongoing creative projects and is designed to support your development of a body of new creative work that reflects and extends your personal creative practice. You will have group seminars, one-to-one tutorials and supported self-motivated production sessions that allow you explore and refine your skills and creative ideas. There will be seminars and lectures in which you will engage with ideas and contexts and examples of professional practice that support your development of a sustainable personal creative practice. Basic materials included. Please contact the department to arrange an interview for this course.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,389.00 Senior fee £1,111.00 Concession £972.00

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