What is the course about?
The City Lit advanced textiles course is centred around you exploring and stretching your ideas and textile practice. You will be able to learn new skills, develop research methods, question and reflect upon your approach to textiles and that of others. The course is designed to take your textiles to the next level, or enable you to change direction, by offering a range of design processes, textile techniques, individual tutorial support and group discussions within a creative environment. You will explore ideas and build an individual collection of samples and finished work towards a gallery exhibition at the end of the course. Display, hanging and publicity for this show will be part of the course.
The course is structured in blocks of 4 Saturdays with 4 week breaks in between for the development of your work.
The team of dedicated tutors are all practising artists and makers who offer a range of areas of expertise in textiles and aim to create a stimulating and challenging environment enabling individual students to be supported in their chosen path.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"The teaching is of a very high standard and pushes you to achieve your best. The references to makers and artists extends the way you approach textiles - opens up all sorts of different practices and ideas, all the technical aspects of making are explored and the tutors are extremely committed. "
What will we cover?
The course includes a range of approaches to textiles. The emphasis will be on developing your ideas through experimentation, sampling and visual research. To support this there will be tuition on textile processes and research methods including:
- Experimental approaches to drawing and visual research development
- Hand and machine stitch
- Print and dye
- Constructed textiles
- Mixed media
- Digital processes
You will be encouraged to critically evaluate your work and that of others and will be supported in individual and group tutorials. You will need to keep a sketchbook and conduct research into your project and the world of contemporary textiles.
During the first year of the course you will be encouraged to take on new skills, challenge your current approach to textiles, and question possibilities. You will engage with broad projects, practical workshops and will develop a short personal project. You will be encouraged to explore contemporary textile practice and the wider art and design world.
Through this practical development and reflective questioning, you will be supported to begin to direct a more in-depth personal project. In the second year you will work to expand on this individual avenue to create a meaningful body of work for exhibition at the end of the course. You will work with your colleagues to plan and deliver this exhibition.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Employ a range of visual research methods
- Demonstrate experimental approaches to a range of textile techniques
- Develop an individual body of work
- Evaluate progress and results
- Demonstrate contextual understanding
- Select work for exhibition
- Contribute to the planning and delivery of a group exhibition.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for intermediate and advanced level students. You may have studied on the City Lit textiles course or equivalent. You will have some knowledge of textile processes and be willing to undertake research to further develop your knowledge if necessary. You will be familiar with using a sketchbook. This will be evidenced through a portfolio of your recent work at an informal interview.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use
numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a series of projects, practical workshop sessions, individual and group tutorials. You will be expected to conduct research and develop your ideas and textile practice outside of the sessions.
The course is structured with 4 weeks of taught sessions followed by 4 weeks of individual study in order to develop your ideas and process. You will be taught be a team of tutors, all practising artists and makers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The textile studio is equipped with a range of specialist equipment for you to use – bernina sewing machines, babylock embellishers, heat press, small silk screens, monoprint and basic block printing facilities, basic dye facilities, lots of drawing equipment, specialist books and magazines, protective clothing. Some specialist sessions may also be delivered in the digital hub.
Starter materials for all specialist workshops (dye / print / pigments / cloth / threads / drawing materials) will be provided. You will also need to bring additional materials that are appropriate to your chosen area of exploration and as your project work develops this requirement will grow under your individual direction. You will need to provide your own sketchbooks.
You will be expected to conduct research and visit museums, galleries and events.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may want to go on to apply for exhibiting groups, fairs or shows, BA or MA courses or develop your work further on the Advanced textiles course.