What is the course about?
This course explores the themes of memory from critical and creative perspectives, and is ideal for anyone studying or working creatively in a related conceptual area. Drawing on theories from diverse sources such as art theory, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, literature and writing by creative practitioners, we will explore an inspiring range of themes - from the ways in which creative thinkers and makers have used art to explore and represent the past, to the ways in which memory, forgetting, nostalgia, archives, and traces continue to inspire creative work and thinking.
This course is designed for students or practitioners in the arts, and welcomes those engaged in any type of art, design or making, including photography, film and performance. The aim to support you in building your critical and theoretical thinking, using the course themes, readings, discussions and debates to help inform and inspire your own work and development.
What will we cover?
Each week will explore a different theme related to time and memory, including:
- theories and representations of memory;
- museums, archives and collections;
- nostalgia, hauntedness and memory;
- memorials, remembrance and forgetting.
Each session will involve a set reading (provided as part of the course fee) which will be used to inform discussion, talks, and exploration during teaching sessions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Read, understand and discuss with confidence a wide range of critical and theoretical ideas and texts related to theme of memory
- Recognise and analyse creative practices in relation to memory and related themes;
- Draw on critical and theoretical ideas and texts to enhance your own creative, critical and artistic thinking.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for intermediate and experienced art, design, craft, creative writing, performing arts students and practitioners, and those working in the creative sectors such as art teachers, curators or arts professionals. Ideally, you will have relevant experience in one of these areas, or be actively involved in producing creative work through study or independently with a desire to extend the theoretical basis of your work. The course is ideal for supporting study on City Lit courses such as the Fine Art Course, City Lit Sculpture Course, Developing Fine Art Practice or any equivalent creative art or design courses.
You will need a good handling of written and spoken English necessary to engage with set readings and for participation in paired and group discussion, as well as produce and present basic written or creative exercises. Some experience in reading theoretical texts about art and culture would be beneficial, but a willingness to read and engage with theory and build your skills is essential.
A basic ability in using the internet is required to access online reading materials provided by the course, although a demonstration and guidance on how to access the materials from City Lit's Virtual Learning Environment will be provided at the start of the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through an eclectic mixture of illustrated talks by theorist practitioners, paired and group discussions, debates and including your own examples of work where appropriate, reading and visual analysis exercises. Students will be expected to be developing their creative work outside of classes, and support their study through independent theoretical readings, gallery visits, and in developing occasional short preparatory work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You are encouraged to bring a notebook and pen to record notes from talks and discussions. You may wish to buy some of the books or journals on any reading list given out in class. You will also need access to a computer, and will be expected to access or download readings from the course website. All readings will be available digitally, however if you intend on printing the readings you will need to consider the printing costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in other Cultural Studies for Creative Practitioner courses, looking in depth at key cultural and theoretical themes in the context of creative arts such as VB646 Site and Place, VB647 Utopia and Society, or VB644 After-Modern. You may also be interested in art history courses, or certain courses within the humanities department. Our advanced courses such as Developing Art Practice or Creative Practice: Personal Project have also proven popular progression courses for those studying on Cultural Studies courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details