Fine art practice

Fine Art Practice Courses in London

Advanced fine art courses encompass a wide range of creative practices, approaches and techniques, from traditional figurative drawing and painting to contemporary, concept-led, media-based and experimental work.

While a number of our courses at this level are predicated on the traditional disciplines, and focus on developing and enhancing existing technical skills and material processes, others primarily examine and allow opportunities for engagement with ideas and concepts, and the development of conceptually-driven art practice. All our advanced fine art courses are taught by professionals with independent practices and profiles as artists, exhibitors or researchers, whose experience will be invaluable both throughout the course, and in preparing for and mounting the final public exhibition.

Regardless of the subject, course content is underpinned by historical, theoretical and contextual elements, and all courses have a strong emphasis on group learning, engagement and critical debate in a shared studio context, and on peer learning and feedback, whether on-site, in studio, or via our online learning environment. This ensures a vibrant learning space, with opportunities for all to contribute.

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. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    Develop your painting in greater depth on this new, 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 onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,427.00
  2. City Lit fine art course: year 2 daytime
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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. Please contact the department to arrange an interview for this course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,549.00 Senior fee £1,239.00 Concession £1,053.00
  3. City Lit fine art course: year 1
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    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! Please contact the department to arrange an interview for this course.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,849.00 Senior fee £1,479.00 Concession £1,257.00
  4. Contemporary practice: personal project
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    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 £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,427.00
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  5. City Lit fine art course: year 3 evening
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This course is primarily aimed at students who have completed year 2 fine art course or studied in practical environment to an equivalent level. You will develop further your personal practice and where appropriate open your existing practice to new research, ideas and challenges. Please contact the department to arrange an interview for this course.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,549.00 Senior fee £1,239.00 Concession £1,053.00
  6. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    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, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, encourages collaborative projects 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 £949.00 Senior fee £949.00 Concession £645.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  7. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (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 £1,149.00 Senior fee £919.00 Concession £781.00
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    90% of 100
  8. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This year-long advanced course is aimed at artist/printmakers wishing to develop a sustainable personal practice. Guided through research, experimentation and developmental tasks, you will eventually focus on a long term project of your own choice, as you progress towards a final body of work. The course involves theoretical, contextual and practical components.



    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 £1,749.00 Senior fee £1,749.00 Concession £1,189.00
  9. Advanced figure and portrait
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; this is an exciting advanced course for those with experience of working with the figure and/or portrait who would like the challenge of exploring new perspectives on the figurative tradition in drawing, painting and mixed media.



    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 £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,461.00
  10. Contemporary Printmaking and Digital Practice
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    (click here to see an exhibition of work by students on the course )





    This advanced course explores the creative potential of combined digital and print media within a contemporary printmaking practice. It is designed to encourage printmakers and digital artists to develop their interdisciplinary thinking, and to instigate a dialogue, through practice, across both traditional and contemporary forms, in order to discover new advanced practical and conceptual levels and dimensions to their creative practice.



    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 £1,539.00 Senior fee £1,231.00 Concession £1,047.00

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