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. Digital fundamentals: imaging for print and 2D
    Course Date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    As artists and designers, we generally tend to observe a number of fundamental 'rules' when working with digital media for print-based or other forms of 2D output. These relate to processes or settings such as scanning, saving, resolution, image or data format, colour modes, compression... To a certain extent, much of this is received knowledge, and we don't necessarily know why we follow these rules. Knowing what they are based on, and why, is, however, fundamental to sound technical proficiency, and expertise, and knowing what these principles are based on allows us not only to produce work to professional standard, but also to exploit them to their full creative potential. This workshop will be of value to any visual artist who uses digital technology in their creative practice, from painters and printmakers to photographers and graphic designers. Coverage includes: principles and concepts underpinning digital imaging for print/static delivery: pixel/vector; resolution, scalability, application; acquisition, modes, formats and real-world constraints: file sizes/compression/data integrity; relation to physical output (size, resolution, process).

    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
  2. City Lit fine art course: year 2 daytime
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 4 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    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.

    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
  3. City Lit fine art course: year 1
    Last Few Places
    Course 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!

    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
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.
    Full fee £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,427.00
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  5. City Lit fine jewellery
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.
    Full fee £1,249.00 Senior fee £1,249.00 Concession £849.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100
  6. Developing art practice
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £949.00 Senior fee £949.00 Concession £645.00
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    90% of 100
  7. Developing communities of practice
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is a creative community? What does it mean to be part of a group of artists, designers or creative people? Communities maintain viability and relevance in ways that individuals can often struggle to achieve. Remaining a relevant part of the art world and engaging with issues with wider social significance is often easier as a collective, and arts organisations of all sizes increasingly emphasise the importance of groups, and their social relevance. This workshop, led by City Lit’s print area coordinator, examines experience gained working within the printmaking world, and establishing communities that have a life extending beyond the end of studies, exhibitions or projects. The workshop is relevant, however, to artists and designers of all kinds. In it, we examine what a community of practice is, how it might work, and what it means to be part of such a group. We consider and share insights of how artistic practice can have greater impact through group activity, how group activity can be relevant to your own personal practice, and, through it, how you engage with society. We also look at case studies, and consider the social and potential economic impact of each as an ‘artistic community’.

    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
  8. Year of the figure and portrait projects
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The human form is an endlessly fascinating subject. Enjoy an intensive, three-term practical course exploring various aspects of drawing and painting the figure and portrait. Over this time you will make real progress and develop confidence in practical skills, informed and inspired by stimulating historical and contemporary artists' contexts for this genre.
    Full fee £2,249.00 Senior fee £1,799.00 Concession £1,372.00
  9. Advanced children's book illustration: professional practice
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 as a core part of this course, and develop your practice and personal visual vocabulary to a professional standard.
    Full fee £2,299.00 Senior fee £1,839.00 Concession £1,563.00
  10. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    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.
    Full fee £1,149.00 Senior fee £919.00 Concession £781.00
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  11. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course 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.
    Full fee £1,749.00 Senior fee £1,749.00 Concession £1,189.00
  12. City Lit advanced print and media
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 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
  13. Advanced figure and portrait
    Last Few Places
    Course 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.
    Full fee £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,461.00
  14. City Lit advanced graphic design
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - 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.
    Full fee £2,199.00 Senior fee £1,759.00 Concession £1,495.00
  15. The design brief
    Course Date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, perhaps, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.

    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.

    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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