Advanced Art Practice Courses - Online & in London

City Lit Advanced Practice is home to our advanced courses from across all subject areas in Visual Arts. In many cases, this means well established courses of a year or longer, with outstanding reputations for preparing students for study at Masters level, or for careers as creative practitioners. Equally, some of our advanced courses are short, intensive workshops, focused on specific aspects of professional practice. The advanced level of study and focus on professionalism are the common characteristics of all advanced practice courses.

We have several new courses, recently launched, with more in development, that build on our long-standing fine art and contemporary craft provision to bring traditional practices up to date and ensure learners have the relevant skills for the contemporary creative industries. We are also introducing new courses in contemporary media and communications-based creative practices, to ensure that our advanced provision continues to provide alternatives to the mainstream higher education route across a wide range of subjects.

In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, a new and growing range of advanced professional practice workshops will be available (from October 2020), aimed at providing support, skills and context, and developing communities of practice. These workshops can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of your own, self-designed modular course. Alongside our subject specific courses, these will provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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. Developing communities of practice 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 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 the second workshop in this series, building on research or previous experience, we examine these question in greater depth, with a greater emphasis on case studies, and consider their social and economic impact, including a visit (in person or online, depending on circumstances) to an artistic community. Although not a requirement, this workshop will be of particular benefit to learners who have already completed the introductory ‘Building communities of practice 1’ (VPP661).

    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. Art and critical theory: ways to think about art - vision and gaze

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on the topics of vision and gaze.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Open source software and platforms for creative communities

    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Open source software provides alternatives to virtually all the available commercial creative software, apps and platforms. It is generally free, or otherwise considerably less expensive than the commercial products, and, while generally less widely-used than what we might consider to be the giant 'industry standard' titles, generally benefits from an extensive and committed developer base, who tend to have a more generous attitude towards the community of users, and to be responsive to security issues through updates, patches and so on. This workshop provides a discussion space to: introduce the principles of open source software and the developer community; survey and consider the available options for creative software; examine how alternatives to the standard commercial software titles can help users address concerns related to privacy, personal data and security. It also looks at the value of open source as an alternative to the uncertainty of subscription-based licensing, and the potential future risk, within the commercial model, of being prevented from using software titles you have paid for, when they are no longer the latest version, or being frozen out from accessing your own work if your subscription expires.

    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

  4. Ethical creative practice

    Course Date: Thu 6 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This professional practice workshop is a forum for discussion and debate: what constitutes ethical creativity? Cultural and environmental issues, among others, are central to our lives and the contribution artists and practitioners can make is vital. Can we ‘do no harm’ when we make art? Can we make art that has zero or low carbon? Where are our materials coming from? How do history or political movements impact on us and how might we reflect these, without appropriating from another culture? What other harmful impacts might we consider? We will examine how art can promote, reflect or reference ethical issues and causes, looking at theoretical as well as actual examples, and the wider social/cultural context. This workshop will help you develop or refine an ethical framework for your own practice, and to learn from other artists. Potential topics include: socially motivated art, gender and the gaze, ethnicity and the postcolonial, looking at artists such as Hetain Patel, Ellie Harrison, John Akomfrah, Isaac Julien and Zanhele Muholi, whose work gives us platforms to consider our own and our society’s moral and ethical positions.

    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

  5. Digital fundamentals 2: imaging for print and 2D

    Course Date: Fri 14 May 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

  6. Art and critical theory: feminism, post-colonialism and the death of the artist

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on feminism, post-colonial theory and the notion of the death of the author.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Social engagement through creative practice

    Course Date: Thu 10 Jun 2021
    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

  8. Art and Ideas: Time and Memory

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course if for students and creative practitioners interested in memory as a creative and conceptual theme. Explore and discuss ideas, theories and work by significant artists and writers to enhance and inspire the development of creative work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Art and Ideas: Identity and the self

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is for students and creative practitioners interested in identity as a creative and conceptual theme. Explore and discuss ideas, theories and work by significant artists and writers to enhance and inspire the development of creative work.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

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