Advanced fine art

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Advanced Fine Art Practice Courses in London

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

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 a 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 throughout the course, in preparing for the final public exhibition, and in advising on appropriate progression routes into independent or professional practice.

Regardless of the fine art specialism, 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 in studio, or via our online learning environment, which supports the delivery of every course. This ensures a vibrant learning space, with opportunities for all to contribute.

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  1. Advanced life drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 4 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
  2. Advanced print and media
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This advanced course explores how printmaking is used by contemporary artists across a range of media. Over the course of 20 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 £1,459.00 Senior fee £1,167.00 Concession £1,021.00
  3. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    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
  4. City Lit fine art: year 3
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    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
  5. City Lit fine art: year 2
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    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
  6. Contemporary practice: personal project
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    On this course you will develop your creativity, your personal artistic understanding, 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 and theorists, who will support you through guided critical and creative research, experimental workshops, critical studies, studio practice and tutorials.



    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 £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,469.00
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  7. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A 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 requires a pre-enrolment application. Please click 'Start Assessment' on the right hand side of this page to start your application. EDAM Handbook







    EDAM Archive.
    Full fee £1,199.00 Senior fee £959.00 Concession £839.00
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    93% of 100
  8. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £1,799.00 Senior fee £1,439.00 Concession £1,259.00
  9. Advanced figure and portrait
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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.
    Full fee £2,299.00 Senior fee £1,839.00 Concession £1,609.00
  10. City Lit fine art: year 1
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    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

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