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. Artist talk: Bettina Reiber - Painting in the Wild
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 1 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    I paint outdoors. I go to wild places, the Alps, the rugged coast of Devon, caves where Stone Age people created their figurines and flutes 40,000 years ago. I connect with spirit, animals come and engage and teach me, I breathe the air, brave the storms and fall gladly into the expanse without losing my footing. From these immersions stem my paintings. Images come through that resonate with the web of life. Let me take you on a journey and show you my studios in the wild, paintings I create out there and let me give you a taste of the world view that informs my approach.



    I love sharing my passion for art, and teach occasionally at the City Lit, at Central St. Martins (UAL) and in my own capacity as a mentor and in group settings in the woods.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  2. Artist talk: Heidi Wigmore - Extreme life drawing: strippers, shibari and the ballet
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Heidi Wigmore is a visual artist with a drawing-based practice; dynamic female figures are prominent in her work. She has led 'live drawing' events in all kinds of spaces and places, from the Coliseum, Sadlers Wells and Tate Liverpool, to the ‘House of Hackney’ Shoreditch showroom, a tent at Port Eliot and a beach-side stage in the Virgin Islands...all the way to the Royal Academy's historic Life Room. In this illustrated talk she will describe how she is inspired by the 'live charge' of drawing the performative body and how it invigorates her studio practice. From sketchbooks to large scale banners and billboards, her work explores the perceived common language between contemporary strippers, classical ballet dancers, the extreme contortion of Shibari performers and the female nude of western art. Heidi is the Life and Portrait Coordinator and Fine Art tutor at City Lit.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. City Lit advanced print and media
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 26 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)

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

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



    This advanced course explores the creative potential within combined digital and print media. It is designed to allow printmakers and digital artists to develop interdisciplinary thinking and practice across both traditional and contemporary forms, at advanced practical and conceptual levels.
    Full fee £2,199.00 Senior fee £1,759.00 Concession £1,495.00
  4. Art in theory: What is creativity?
    Course Date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    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
  5. Social engagement through creative practice
    Course Date:  Thu 21 Apr 2022

    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

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