City Lit fine art course: year 1 daytime

Course Dates: 24/09/19 - 07/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Kath Castillo
Ruth Franklin
Alexandra Harley
Brian Hodgson
Chris Hough
Tony Hull
Monika Kita
Amanda Knight
Lucinda Oestreicher
Stelios Stylianou

This course requires an informal interview prior to enrolment, please contact the visual arts department for more information.

Build an individual fine art practice by exploring painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media and contextual studies in a series of structured projects. You will be expected to keep up with current exhibitions in London. 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. Basic materials included.


What is the course about?

This course aims to give an introduction to contemporary fine art practice.

What will we cover?

The course will develop a range of skills centred around drawing, painting, 3-D, printmaking, digital arts, photography and mixed media. The various specialist tutors will provide insight and information about the different approaches to fine art practice. This will be supported by an introduction to art theory which complements the various practical projects.

This course concerns contemporary practice and debate. As such you can expect to be stimulated and challenged by some of the ideas and images discussed.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- apply your skills at introductory level in a variety of fine art discipline
- participate in a variety of fine art disciplines
- participate in a wide variety of practical projects
- reflect critically upon the work you produce
- present the sketchbooks you have developed and know how to use a variety of visual research methods.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is the first stage of a programme intended for those who wish to explore practical fine art disciplines in a structured teaching environment over a sustained period. It is recommended that everyone joining the course has done some drawing and painting courses, for instance 'Drawing 1' and 'Drawing continued', or 'Painting 1' and 'Painting continued' at City Lit. An advisory interview is offered to everyone applying, to make sure the course will suit their needs.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and 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 develop your work through a series of interrelated, set projects. Teaching methods will include individual tutorials, group discussions, seminars, practical demonstrations and projects, and museum and gallery visits.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There is a basic materials allowance, although you will be required to buy specialist items, such as canvas, stretchers, oils and sculpture materials. Tutors in the class will give advice on these. There will be no need to bring anything to the first session.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The course prepares you for stage 2 of the City Lit fine art course and aims to provide you with a range of options upon which you may begin to develop personal work. Entry to stage 2 will be by interview/advice session, where we will look at a folder of your work and advise you on your options for further study.

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

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Sorry, this course is now full

Course Code: VM553

Full Tue, day, 24 Sep - 07 Jul '20

Duration: 36 sessions (over 42 weeks)

Full fee: £1,999.00
Senior fee: £1,599.00
Concession: £1,219.00

Call us to check your level, see if you can still join the course or to discuss other suitable courses

020 7492 2700/2703

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