Advanced practice

Advanced Art Practice Courses in London & Online

City Lit’s Centre for Advanced Practice is where you can find advanced courses from across all subject areas in our School of 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 to the conventional Higher Education route, for many learners, into careers as creative practitioners.

To continue to support learners from a range of backgrounds, with diverse requirements, we have several new courses, recently launched – 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, or visits from industry professionals.

For Autumn 2021, we are introducing 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 professionalism that are the common characteristics of all advanced practice courses.

In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, a new and growing range of advanced one-day workshops is now available (launched November 2020), 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.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Artists moving image practice: personal project
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is aimed at practicing contemporary artists working, or interested in working, within the Moving Image. Through research, experimentation and play, you will develop new moving image work in an exploratory and supported workshop environment.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £699.00 Senior fee £559.00 Concession £426.00
  2. Art and critical theory: feminism, post-colonialism and the death of the artist
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on feminism, post-colonial theory and the notion of the death of the author.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Social engagement through creative practice
    Course Date:  Thu 10 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The spectrum of socially engaged arts practice ranges from a long term intimate arts project in a community with 6 participants to nation-wide works such as Jeremy Deller’s ‘We Are Here Because We Are Here’, 2016, or Steve McQueen’s ‘Year Three’, 2019, with its focus on the 7 and 8 year old children (the future adults) of London. This type of art-making practice is not new, but is deployed in different ways. We will discuss what we mean by this, and consider the aims and value of socially engaged art. We will examine its origins and development and look at the work of artists such as Rabab Ghazhoul, John Newling, Yara & Davina and Somewhere, who work with participants as part of the creative process with different outcomes and impact.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  4. What did narrative ever do for you?
    Course Date:  Fri 11 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn about the structure and function of narrative, and find out how it relates to your creative practice. In this workshop we will consider film, animation, moving image or other time-based practices, primarily, in which there is a clear and accessible connection to the unfolding of meaning over a linear (or non-linear) sequence, but we may also discuss examples across potentially any creative discipline, and other forms of expression. We will look at principles of narrative and narrative structures in film, the ‘conventions’ of storytelling across a range of examples, and how these have been used or subverted within the form. Storytelling is fundamental to human civilisation: across all cultures, narrative plays a central role in our understanding of our place in the world, and addressing profound questions about our existence. Children learn through stories; cultures cohere through shared narratives. We will consider the role of narrative as a fundamentally important pillar in underpinning societies, belief systems, and values, and why an awareness of these relationships is increasingly important in these ‘unprecedented’ times.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  5. From inspiration to action: how to turn a creative idea into a project
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Turn that blue-sky thinking from a dream into reality. On this workshop, in a small group of other, similarly inspired individuals, we will show you how to take your moment of inspiration, however modest or grand, and make it happen. In one day, you will learn how to examine your idea to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and identify the various ways it can be expanded, attract partners, and engage with people and funding. Starting from the most basic questions (what is it, why do you want to do it, how can you communicate it easily…?), through examination of case studies, and of our own ideas, we will progress through practical, technical and budget considerations, using the framework of a simple project plan, to bring them to the point where you will be ready to plunge in!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  6. Presenting and exhibiting: the exhibition website
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    While an exhibition has a finite lifespan, this is not true of accompanying publications. The exhibition tie-in website can be said to have taken the place of the exhibition catalogue (or book, in the case of major venues), and for smaller galleries or individuals/collectives an exhibition website can provide opportunities for much wider exposure, globally and without time limits. Not only that, but, as recent times have demonstrated more clearly than ever before, when galleries and museums have been forced to engage more extensively (and perhaps meaningfully) with the public via their online platform and presence, a well-conceived and delivered website can augment (or even replace) the physical show in several important ways: accessibility, interactivity, research, forums, feedback, evolution over time…



    This workshop looks at how to maximise interest in conventional exhibitions through tie-in websites and social media links, and how the website can be structured to provide continuity and afterlife, which can be particularly relevant to practitioners engaged in research or community participation. It also considers how, beyond simply documenting the exhibition, a well planned and structured website can be the locus for on-going access and legacy activities. It will consider sites of different scope and scale, from small websites for a solo show to group sites, or sites that connect to a commercial gallery or institution’s own website, and the website as a location for sales.



    Please note that while aspects such as the structure of information and the design of a site will be covered, this workshop is not intended as website design or software training. Its focus is on helping participants to understand the capabilities of the website as a tool for creative professionals engaged in public dissemination of their practice.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  7. Public arts: participatory projects and commissions
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Participatory creative practice and events play an important role in contemporary arts, in terms of addressing and/or defining social, cultural or political contexts, in raising issues of importance from the global to the local, in widening participation and promoting awareness, access and engagement in the arts, and in the democratisation of culture. In this one-day workshop we explore what participatory creative practice can do, and consider various types of socially engaged practice, community arts and commissions. We will consider the value of understanding the motivations, aims and requirements of participatory practice for funding applications to awarding bodies or institutions, such as, for example, Arts Council England. The session is run by the Leader of City Lit’s highly popular advanced figure and portrait course, and will consider as case studies a number of artist projects that she has designed and facilitated, as well as the experience of participants, and, potentially, some hypothetical scenarios. Through this workshop, you will gain insight into working on commissioned public arts projects involving public participation, as well as reflecting on different scenarios and formats, including: mass participation or focused small group; adult or child group participation; one day events versus longer term participatory projects.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  8. The artist's website
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The online space presents creative practitioners with a wealth of opportunities, from a simple portfolio-based website, which presents ‘conventional’ creative practices in traditional media, right the way through to a site (or series of sites) functioning as an immersive and interactive artwork in its own right. The artist’s website also offers possibilities for public engagement, interaction and collaboration, serving as a vehicle for exchange of ideas, practices and knowledge. This can be of great value to artists whose activities include collaborative practice, formal research or community engagement.



    This workshop looks at the range of possible forms and formats for artists’ websites, from a simple archive right through to the website that is itself a work of art. Participants will consider, through comparative analysis and discussion: the relationship between virtual and physical spaces as ‘locations’ for creative practice; the website as a vehicle for delivery of non-physically instantiated works of art; episodic or modular/non-linear narrative formats; the work of art as an adaptive, iterative or developmental process; the website as a space for creative play and collaboration with the audience or peers. Beyond this, and depending on the interests of participants, the session may consider opportunities for creative exploration presented by game engines/environments, MMORPGs, virtual encounters and online communities or virtual/augmented realities. Whatever your level of Interest or expertise, this workshop is a survey of the vast range of possibilities, as well as a platform to exchange speculative ideas and discuss creative possibilities.



    Please note: this workshop is about websites or online platforms as sites for creative exploration and practice. It is not a website design or software training workshop.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  9. Is meaning inevitable? Intention, action and interpretation
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Does every creative act have meaning? Is there a statement – conscious or unconscious – inherent in everything we do as artists? Should we interpret or analyse what we see, what we do, what we’ve done? In this one-day workshop, we will examine a range of specific works, considering the question of whether and how meaning has been embedded (intentionally or otherwise) and can be identified and interpreted. This will, to some degree, touch on how individuals and societies make and ascribe meaning, perhaps as an attempt to process and come to terms with, for example, otherwise seemingly arbitrary events like a natural catastrophe or suffering. We will discuss and workshop these themes in the larger group, draw on examples presented, and the experiences of the members in the group. Other questions that may be considered include: discerning meaning as an attempt to find order in chaos, and whether or what we might lose by attempting to impose meaning, by attempting to explain within the confines of critical analysis, that which may, in fact, be critical to the character or intention of a work of art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  10. Reflecting on exhibitions: intention and experience
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How important is contextual knowledge when looking at art? To what extent, for example, do we need to understand the historical and political context of the time, or to know the biographical details of the artist? How do we apply such knowledge, and our own experience, in making informed subjective opinions of works of art?



    This workshop will build on some of these fundamental questions and assumptions, to examine how the visual arts are presented, and encountered. Alongside the context, environment, and design/production values of an exhibition, we will consider the target audience, visitor experience, accessibility, and so on. Beyond these questions, we will also consider a number of factors related to public policy and accountability. For example, how does the Arts Council assess the 'Artistic Quality' of the work it funds, and what are its criteria for assessing funded exhibitions, in terms of fulfilling their values (education, public engagement and access)?



    Referring to real case studies (either physical or virtual), the group will present and discuss experiences of visiting exhibitions or encountering works of art in specific contexts, and how these have informed, enlightened or affected individual thinking or practice, and served the needs of artist, exhibitor and audience.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  11. Creative projects in the community
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Faced with circumstances not seen in living memory, the last year has seen some inspiring examples of people coming together in different ways to be creative, in person or online, to improve the lives and/or general well-being of others. Actively helping other people has been shown to be the only thing – across all ages, cultures and social groups – that is guaranteed to increase one’s sense of happiness. Let's look at the potential to reach out to your community, or a specific group, and engage them, either physically or online, in a creative project, to make this kind of difference. We will consider how creative projects benefit communities as much as they do your own work, and how to structure, communicate and develop a memorable project to leave a lasting legacy for all involved. Beside the aspirational, we will also look at practical aspects such as funding, timescales and how to manage a project with multi-pole relationships.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  12. Presenting and exhibiting: photographing your work 1
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Photographing your work properly is important, whether for the purposes of promotion, for your own records, or to document your own exhibitions or installations. While smartphones offer convenience and immediacy, and allow us to share images instantly, to our audiences on social media and potentially anyone around the world, there is much more to consider both in terms of equipment and set-up, if you want to document and archive your creative work to a professional standard.



    In this one-day workshop, approaching from the perspective of the exhibiting artist, craftsperson or designer, we address the factors involved in documenting your work for or in an exhibition, and demystify the process to ensure you will always be able to obtain images of your work that serve as a faithful reference even after you have sold the original piece. We cover selecting lenses and filters to ensure an appropriate image quality; use of appropriate photographic equipment and why you need to ensure appropriate lighting and metering; understanding and selecting camera modes and settings to ensure appropriate image quality; why is your smartphone is not good enough to document your work to the standard required (although it can still have a role in the documentation process)



    Although not a requirement, this workshop will be of particular benefit to those who are also doing VPP850-1 Presenting and exhibiting: curatorial perspectives.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  13. Presenting and exhibiting: photographing your work 2
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Photographing your work properly is important, whether for the purposes of promotion, for your own records, or to document your own exhibitions or installations. Having spent hours ensuring that you have captured perfect photos of your work, you need to be sure you can process them for the purposes you have in mind (eg: print, web, publicity), edit them non-destructively, and archive them appropriately for future reference.



    Working from the premise that you have already photographed your subject (your own work or exhibition/installation) to an appropriately professional standard, using suitable equipment and data formats, this one-day workshop covers: processing and archiving photographic records of your work, selecting and organising the best shots, using non-destructive data formats and working with specialist photography software and formats to ensure commercial standard image quality, and the integrity of the original image files in the editing process. We also look at considerations involved in processing your images to the required specifications for galleries, promotional materials, websites or publications, and effective systems for archiving images non-destructively, for your own future use and ensuring access to a growing body of work in perpetuity.



    Although not a requirement, this workshop will be of particular benefit to those who have completed VPP861-1 Presenting and exhibiting: photographing your work 1.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  14. Presenting and exhibiting: copyright and IP for artists
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Copyright and intellectual property are not interesting subjects – until you discover that someone has stolen your idea, or, maybe, that someone else is accusing you of infringement of their rights. Then, they become very important! You can avoid distressing and potentially expensive disputes and possible legal action by making sure that you know the rules, and understand how to make and present your work without falling foul of any laws or regulations. You can also judge when your own ideas might have been stolen, or ‘appropriated’. Copyright and IP applies in situations and contexts that you might not be aware of. This workshop, primarily for the practitioner who is intent on developing their profile or career as a creative professional, considers the most relevant laws, points out where you might be at risk (but might not be aware), and advises, through hypothetical scenarios and case studies, how disputes might arise and be resolved. Amongst the subjects covered are: protecting your intellectual property, copyrighting or trademarking your images or other intellectual property; quoting or attributing in creative practice; plagiarism and legal cases; sampling/quotation/referencing; digital watermarking; performing rights for screening/playback in public events/contexts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  15. Presenting and exhibiting: curatorial perspectives
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop is designed to walk you through the various curatorial considerations that factor into presenting an exhibition of your own work, in a more-or-less conventional gallery setting. It covers the broad editorial aspects of working with the space in selecting work and planning layout to present it to best effect, including implications of working within curatorial conventions, (or rejecting them).



    Ensuring a professional standard of exhibiting extends beyond the work itself, into aspects such as: quality and consistency in use of materials; transportation/shipping and storage of work; ensuring use of archival quality materials in presentation, shipping and storage; conventions (or not!) in mounting, framing, hanging, labelling, categorising of work; documenting the exhibition…



    In a wide-ranging workshop, delivered in a discursive format, and drawing on the experience of participants, or directly addressing their questions, you will also consider: ensuring consistently professional standards of delivery through the exhibition, including documentation, signposting, information/displays, visual and informational consistency across rooms/spaces and the exhibition publicity and website; systems for capturing interest and enquiries, press and media, and recording visitors and sales.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00

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