Advanced media & communications

Advanced Media & Communications Courses in London & Online

In addition to supporting learners to progress into Higher Education, or to become confident and fully independent creative practitioners via alternative routes, one of the aims of the Centre for Advanced Practice is to reflect through our course offer the profound changes, over recent years, in the ways that the visual arts are produced, distributed and consumed. Since the Centre was formed, we have introduced more courses in the area of media and communications than in any other, ranging across graphics and illustration, and incorporating lens-based, time-based and digital media, with more to follow.

As individuals, we each have access to a range of image capture, processing and communication tools – in our pockets or on our desktops – unimaginable just a few years ago, as well as the opportunity, as artists and designers, to place them at the service of our creative imaginations through a practically infinite range of combinations of text, image, sound, animation… In our advanced media and communications courses, the use of technology is considered and developed in conjunction with ideas, critical and theoretical understanding, and cultural contexts, as well as the use of traditional hand skills, such as drawing and collage or storyboarding.

On our advanced media and communications courses, you will build on your existing skills and techniques, alongside a deep understanding of current cultural and critical contexts, and focus on the development of an individual practice in which both are combined to enable you to take advantage of the truly astonishing range of possibilities available today.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short 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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Children's book illustration: advanced projects
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.
    Full fee £409.00 Senior fee £327.00 Concession £286.00
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  2. Advanced graphic design projects
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding, Andrew McCarten, Pam Williams
    This course extends students’ design awareness and capability through thought-provoking and challenging design projects. It is delivered by practicing designers, and students will have the opportunity to engage with a visiting industry professional, who will provide some inspiring concepts to assist students’ developments of their own works. This term’s guest professional is the design agency director Lydia Thornley.
    Full fee £699.00 Senior fee £559.00 Concession £489.00
  3. Advanced visual communications: where is the truth?
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    This advanced course examines the representation of truth and the manipulation of meaning through text and image, an issue with critical importance for the current times, from a number of perspectives. Working across a range of media and techniques employed in creative design and visual communications, we will examine examples in print, broadcast and on-line media.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £216.00
  4. Artists moving image practice: personal project
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Gomes
    This advanced 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.
    Full fee £779.00 Senior fee £623.00 Concession £545.00
  5. Advanced visual communications: social impact by visual design
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Stickney
    Can visual design create enough impact to change society? What effect do posters and campaigns have in changing people’s minds on various subjects? This course is for those with some experience in making graphic images who want to explore campaigning in graphic design and media.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £216.00
  6. Advanced graphic design
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This course will help you improve your skills in graphic design and visual communications in their broadest sense, for delivery or publication in print and online, working with text, image, layout, medium and message across a range of physical and digital media and formats.

    It is ideal for anyone who has already completed our City Lit graphics course, and for anyone wishing to build a more extensive and professional portfolio of graphics work, whilst developing a deeper understanding of the connection between text, image, message and media.

    Confirmed industry specialist guests: Lydia Thornley, Designer, Creative Director and Reportage Illustrator and award winning film producer/director Mark Craig, maker of the film “The Last Man On The Moon”.
    Full fee £2,399.00
  7. Advanced children's book illustration: professional practice
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Oct 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Zehra Hicks, Dee Shulman
    Interested in a career in Children’s Book Illustration, or advancing your practice to the next level? With the guidance and support of your tutors, you will have the opportunity to engage with experienced industry professionals, and develop your practice and personal visual vocabulary to a professional standard.

    Confirmed visitors/speakers include:

    - Rachel Petty, author/illustrator agent at the Blair Partnership, former editorial director Macmillan Children's Books,

    - Margaret Hope, art director, Welbeck Publishing Group

    - Arabella Stein, Managing Director, Bright Agency.
    Full fee £2,699.00 Senior fee £2,159.00 Concession £1,889.00
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