Advanced Practice Courses in London

City Lit Advanced Practice is home to our 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 Masters level, or for careers as creative practitioners. Equally, some of our advanced courses are short, intensive workshops, focused on specific aspects of professional practice. The advanced level of study and focus on professionalism are the common characteristics of all advanced practice courses.

We have several new courses, recently launched, with more in development, that build on our long-standing fine art and contemporary craft provision to bring traditional practices up to date and ensure learners have the relevant skills for the contemporary creative industries. We are also introducing new courses in contemporary media and communications-based creative practices, to ensure that our advanced provision continues to provide alternatives to the mainstream higher education route across a wide range of subjects.

In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, a new and growing range of advanced professional practice workshops will be available (from October 2020), 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 your own, self-designed modular course. Alongside our subject specific courses, these will provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Contemporary practice: personal project

    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Develop your creativity and a body of contemporary art work at an advanced level through the experimental exploration of a personal project. The course is facilitated by practising artists, theorists and curators, who will support you through guided critical and creative research, experimental workshops, critical studies, studio practice and one-to-one tutorials.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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: £1,189.00

  2. Developing art practice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    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 discussion. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation and gallery site visits (subject to circumstances), as well as online discussion and debate.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £899.00
    Senior fee: £899.00
    Concession: £548.00

  3. City Lit fine art course: year 1 daytime

    Course Date: Mon 12 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: 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. You will be expected to keep up with current exhibitions in London. 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. Basic materials included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £1,439.00
    Senior fee: £1,151.00
    Concession: £878.00

  4. City Lit fine art course: year 2 daytime

    Course Date: Mon 12 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    (Click here to see the course exhibition showing work from our Year 2 City Lit Fine Art Students )



    Consolidating the experience gained in year 1, you will pursue a more individual route, resulting in a body of work reflecting your own concerns. You will have one-to-one tutorials and will learn a range of skills from practising artists. Basic materials included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £1,439.00
    Senior fee: £1,151.00
    Concession: £878.00

  5. City Lit fine art course: year 1 evening

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: 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. You will be expected to keep up with current exhibitions in London. 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. Basic materials included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £1,439.00
    Senior fee: £1,439.00
    Concession: £878.00

  6. City Lit fine art course: year 2 evening

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    (Click here to see the course exhibition showing work from our Year 2 City Lit Fine Art Students )



    Consolidating the experience gained in year 1, you will pursue a more individual route, resulting in a body of work reflecting your own concerns. You will have one-to-one tutorials and will learn a range of skills from practising artists. Basic materials included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £1,439.00
    Senior fee: £1,439.00
    Concession: £878.00

  7. City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    City Lit year of the figure and portrait

    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The human form is an endlessly fascinating subject. Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of drawing and painting the figure and portrait. Over this time you will make real progress and develop confidence in practical skills, informed and inspired by stimulating historical and contemporary artists' contexts for this genre.

    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: £1,899.00
    Senior fee: £1,519.00
    Concession: £1,158.00

  8. City Lit fine jewellery

    City Lit fine jewellery

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.

    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: £1,149.00
    Senior fee: £1,149.00
    Concession: £701.00

  9. Art in theory: space and place

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore concepts and theories of space and place in relation to historical and contemporary art and making, and engage in discussion and debate related to landscape, urban, site-specific and place-based creative arts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  10. Develop a personal project

    Course Date: Tue 3 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Enabling you to develop your ideas as you explore and circle a theme for an original project. You will be technically and conceptually supported as you use personal sources, experimentation, research and review.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Art in theory: What is creativity?

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 5 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This critical studies course for developing artists and makers explores the concept of creativity and what it means to be an artist, drawing on a range of cultural theories and work by creative practitioners to help inspire and enhance creative and critical thinking.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  12. Paul Serrao

    City Lit advanced visual communications

    Course Date: Mon 9 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This advanced course will help you improve your skills in creative design and visual communications in its broadest sense, for print-based and on-line delivery, working with text, image, medium and message across a range of physical and digital media and formats.

    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: £2,049.00
    Senior fee: £1,639.00
    Concession: £1,250.00

  13. City Lit advanced calligraphy

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into calligraphy with this three term advanced level course. Learn techniques and develop essential skills for using tools and materials to produce beautiful work. The course will cover specialist skills-based training in calligraphy and design, blending traditional skills with an introduction to the latest trends in calligraphy and the design world. An exciting, challenging, indepth course.

    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: £1,399.00
    Senior fee: £1,399.00
    Concession: £853.00

  14. City Lit basketry course: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 20 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For learners experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques, this advanced course will help to develop your skills. You will be introduced to a range of advanced techniques, and emphasis will be placed on self directed study and developing a personal portfolio of work. This course is suitable for those experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques and who have completed the City Lit basketry course or have equivalent skills.

    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: £1,199.00
    Senior fee: £959.00
    Concession: £731.00

  15. EDAM

    Extended drawing for artists and makers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced multi-disciplinary course that will help broaden your skills and experience. Record, imagine, visualise, transform, narrate and develop through a series of practical projects. This exciting course is designed to help you place drawing at the centre of your chosen artistic discipline.

    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: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

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