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: Keith James Clarke - Reflections on bright-eyed and bushy-tailed architecture
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Keith is a tutor at City Lit and began his professional life working on multi-million-pound developments for an internationally recognised Cambridge practice. He questions the coherence and quality of some domestic refurbishment, by others, which has motivated him, from the mid-80s onwards, to specialise in designing small-scale residential properties. During this talk, he will explain his work practice, focussing on design generators, their relationship with 3D visualisation and how they aid design development and decision-making. Keith will refer to a couple of examples from his portfolio of work and outline his commitment to creating designs with strong architectural and environmental credentials.

    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: Rod Judkins - How do you display your art work to show it at its best
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Great art can look awful if poorly presented. Rod Judkins will explain the process of creating a portfolio for either fine art or design to show your work at its best. The slide talk will provide examples from outstanding portfolios of City Lit students who have applied to foundation courses, degree courses, and MA’s.



    The talk will explain the ideal content needed in a portfolio, such as research, the need for a personal portfolio where you show you are developing your visual language, and presentation skills. In addition, the talk will explain the preparation of both physical and online portfolios.



    This talk will give you an insight into City Lit courses such as Building an Art and Design Portfolio and Art and Design Portfolio Projects. Why not show your work to its best potential!

    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. Artist talk: Lindsay Pickett - Feeling 'Othered'
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lindsay Pickett’s work explores the theme of hybridity, entangling the socio-political issues relating to genetic experimentation with animals and a world of sci-fi fantasy. Half-and-half species become alienated or classified as different to an accompanying herd of animals. Alongside his concerns around animal experimentation, the artist embraces and communicates aspects of the psychological mind-set of these hybrid animals, relating them to ideas of social rejection and absence where being different can cause alienation in the animal and human world.



    For Pickett, painting is a form of self-expression, allowing him to be himself not just as an artist, but also as a person. It gives him a voice to convey current concerns about the behaviour of elements of humanity.



    Often feeling 'othered' in social and work circumstances, Lindsay has found a voice through his animal hybrids which work as a metaphor for his way of 'not belonging'. Otherness is the key here. it should not always be seen as a negative thing, but as something positive and unique.

    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
  4. Artist talk: Charles Chambers - The unbuilt and the unbuildable: a history of the schemes that got away
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    From Piranesi’s renderings of darkly foreboding and fictitious prisons, Boulleé’s gargantuan proposal for Newton’s cenotaph to Archigram’s ‘Walking City’ and Zaha Hadid’s unrealisable dreams; the history of architecture is littered with unbuildable fantasies and the also-rans of architectural competitions. Join Charles Chambers, lecturer in Architectural History and Theory for a stroll through the might-have-beens of an alternative cityscape.

    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
  5. Presenting and exhibiting: curatorial perspectives
    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
  6. Get your artwork out there
    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
  7. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

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



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. 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 £1,427.00
  8. Developing art practice
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)

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

    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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  9. 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
  10. Fringe, street and festival arts: celebration and participation
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Street and/or festival arts have a history that can be traced back thousands of years, either as spontaneous celebrations or highly organised and ceremonial events. Activities of this type often draw on connections to the area, and to specific local and cultural traditions that go back generations, or have been introduced more recently with diasporas of various kinds, and, in so doing, have become part of the local culture and tradition. They can appear largely unplanned, or highly planned, but in either case, as with so much else in the present times, funding and support considerations are important. In this workshop, we look at some of the practical aspects of fringe, street and festival arts, including developing your initial proposal, planning and logistics, working with local authorities, groups and media. We also take a more playful and speculative look, in more general terms, at the possibilities of art and events that engage or surprise the public, considering theoretical interventions or disruptions in the urban environment.

    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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