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. It's time: Advanced print and digital media open event
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    As a technologically-assisted form of art practice, printmaking has been at the forefront of technological developments for hundreds of years, utilising the latest innovations for the purposes of creativity and communication. This Course Leader talk covers the printmaking courses available in the Centre for Advanced Practice in the School of Visual Arts. It explains the points of commonality between them, and where there are important differences in what they offer both to the traditional print-based artist, and also those who wish to undertake a deeper exploration of the potential to integrate digital technologies within their creative practice. Presented by Adam Piper, Course Leader for Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse, and Rolina Blok, Course Leader for Contemporary printmaking and digital practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  2. It's time: Developing art practice open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Developing art practice is an advanced course, taught by a small team of artist-tutors, designed to support you in sustaining and developing your existing independent practice. In this talk, tutor Ute Kreyman explains how the course provides an opportunity to develop and enhance your critical understanding of your own personal work through studying alongside a diverse creative community of tutors and peers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. It's time: Contemporary practice personal projects open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 5 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Not-knowing is troubling. To not know shakes at the core of our sense of self, our relationship with the world and our art. In art, not-knowing makes us feel like imposters or failures. And yet, not-knowing is what fuels curiosity, and generates the creative joy of attempting to find out. In this talk, Ian Tucknott, course leader for Contemporary Practice: Personal Project, will explore the role not-knowing plays in creative development, and not-knowing’s role as a central philosophy on the course. The talk will also include details of the course itself, and opportunity for those interested in studying to ask questions.







    This talk is suitable for anybody curious about contemporary creative practice, and especially those interested in studying on Contemporary Practice: Personal Project.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. It's time: Graphic design projects open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 5 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Interested in finding out more about the Graphic Design projects course? Hosted by Pam Williams - Course Leader, you will be shown examples of past projects and student work. Find out first hand from previous students as they discuss their experiences on completing the course, along with everything else you need to know to help support you with your preparation and enrolment onto the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  5. It's time: City Lit fine art open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The City Lit fine art course is a longstanding and highly prestigious mainstay of the School of Visual Arts, where it now forms a key part of the recently-founded Centre for Advanced Practice. Every year, from this course, completing students progress to a variety of destinations, including Masters degrees, further advanced courses within City Lit, or into independent practice; many groups who have studied together continue to practice and exhibit together. In this talk, our new Course Leader Dr. Steven Scott will introduce the different stages of CLFA, and outline the experience and value of studying practice and debate around a broad-based multidisciplinary fine art curriculum; one which takes in traditional and contemporary disciplines, and in which a highly-experienced team of artist-tutors supports learners across the levels to develop and establish an individual and personally-directed practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  6. Artist talk: Hilary Rosen - A Contemporary view of Mysteries of Greek Myths in monoprints and watercolours
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Hilary Rosen trained at the Royal College of Art where she was a prize winner. She lives and works in London. On leaving the Royal College of Art, she has taught at City Lit and various arts schools around the country. She has a studio in East London and exhibits internationally as well as having work in many national and international collections. Hilary teaches watercolour, oil painting and drawing (including life drawing and painting). Her subject matter for her work draws from a number of themes, including cityscapes, still lives and the relationships of people to one another. She explores these themes through the media of oil painting, drawing and printmaking. Hilary is inspired by Greek Mythology, and this talk is based on her own work and that of other visual artists who have explored this subject through their work. In this talk, Hilary also discusses the construction of the monoprint by combining lino prints, stencils and layering.



    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
  7. It's time: Photography projects open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Interested in finding out more about the Photography projects course? Hosted by Laura Vuoma - Course Leader, you will be shown examples of past projects and student work. Find out first hand from previous students as they discuss their experiences on completing the course, along with everything else you need to know to help support you with your preparation and enrolment onto the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. It's time: City Lit advanced graphic design open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The City Lit advanced graphic design course is designed to help you build on existing skills and interests in graphic design, and visual communications, working with text and image across a range of media. Across a number of projects, including input from industry professionals, it examines cultural influences and key debates around graphic design, to support the development of advanced skills, and new working processes in pursuit of more advanced and ambitious creative aims, to set you on your way to advanced study, or independent professional practice. In this talk, Course Leader Andrew McCarten presents the main aims, themes, concerns and outcomes covered over a year of study.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  9. It's time: Children's book illustration projects open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 12 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Interested in finding out more about the Children’s Book illustration projects course? Hosted by Dee Shulman - Course Leader, you will be shown examples of past projects and student work. Find out first hand from previous students as they discuss their experiences on completing the course, along with everything else you need to know to help support you with your preparation and enrolment onto the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. Presenting and exhibiting: curatorial perspectives
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop is designed to walk you through the various curatorial considerations that factor into presenting an exhibition of your own work, in a more-or-less conventional gallery setting. It covers the broad editorial aspects of working with the space in selecting work and planning layout to present it to best effect, including implications of working within curatorial conventions, (or rejecting them).







    Ensuring a professional standard of exhibiting extends beyond the work itself, into aspects such as: quality and consistency in use of materials; transportation/shipping and storage of work; ensuring use of archival quality materials in presentation, shipping and storage; conventions (or not!) in mounting, framing, hanging, labelling, categorising of work; documenting the exhibition…







    In a wide-ranging workshop, delivered in a discursive format, and drawing on the experience of participants, or directly addressing their questions, you will also consider: ensuring consistently professional standards of delivery through the exhibition, including documentation, signposting, information/displays, visual and informational consistency across rooms/spaces and the exhibition publicity and website; systems for capturing interest and enquiries, press and media, and recording visitors and sales.



    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
  11. Get your artwork out there
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 22 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop will provide you with the understanding and confidence required to create your own opportunities to present your work in the public arena, focusing primarily on the conventional gallery or exhibition space, and with an emphasis on opportunities leading to sales. This can be a daunting process, and it can be hard to know where to begin, or how to present your work. Through group discussion and experience, we will draw on perspectives from across a range of backgrounds and creative practices, and start by interrogating and defining our own work in order ensure the ability make an effective opening pitch or presentation. You will test approaches to presenting your work, with a sympathetic and supportive audience, and develop the ability to communicate clearly and concisely about your practice, and what motivates you. Having provided insights and presented strategies for securing opportunities to present your work, the session will consider practical, organisational and technical considerations that go into preparing, delivering and exhibiting work in an exhibition, and introduces many essential resources and services that you are likely to need.



    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
  12. Children's book illustration: advanced projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 20 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

    .



    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 £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £271.00
  13. Advanced visual communications: where is the truth?
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £759.00 Senior fee £607.00 Concession £516.00
  14. Art is for now: temporary and situation-specific creative practice
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 20 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Conventional notions of artworks as physical objects, which imply considerations of authorship, ownership and the spectator, are opposed in many senses by artworks and practices that are predicated on impermanence, or which subvert expectations due to the location or context in which they are encountered. This professional practice workshop is an opportunity, through a combination of presentation, and the participatory exchange of ideas and perspectives, to consider alternative modes of practice, and the possibilities presented by art that is made in, and for, the moment. We examine different interpretations of the word ‘temporary’, including concepts of relative duration, the ephemeral, and man-made demarcations, and look at specific examples of work by artists including Fluxus, Beuys, Kaprow, Collective Actions, Brugera, Marina, Goldsworthy and Tempest. We also consider our own work and ideas in relation to a range of concepts and examples of practice in which the ‘product’ is not necessarily an ‘art object’, which prioritise the act or event over what we might call the output, or in which impermanence or mutability are significant factors. These include; Merz; auto-destructive art; actions and events; sound sculpture; performance; land art.



    The workshop begins with some participatory exercises, and it will be helpful to have a small selection of drawing implements to hand, and a selection of materials of your choosing (eg: paper, card, cardboard boxes, tape, ruler, string or wire, a cutting mat or hardboard…).



    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
  15. Social engagement through creative practice
    ONLINE
    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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