What is the course about?
This course allows you to develop the skills and sense of critical reflection acquired in stage 1 of the City Lit fine art course or the equivalent level of study. It provides a framework for you to explore and develop your own fine art practice. Emphasis will be on personal development in a supportive environment, with continual feedback and evaluation of the work you produce.
Please note: the course runs: Thursday evenings 18:00 - 21:00 and every other Saturday 10:00 - 17:00. Details of the Saturday dates will be given at interview.
What will we cover?
There will be initial research projects to help you find a basis for your work. You will then be able to develop an individual programme of study through discussion with your tutors. Some art history and contextual studies are integral to the programme and you are encouraged to consider the relationship of theory to practice. You will participate in a final exhibition, which is aimed at giving you both experience of showing your work and helping you to plan, organise and promote a group exhibition.
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...
- initiate and develop personal work
- feel increasingly adept at assessing your progress and results
- begin to relate your work to the various aspects of contemporary fine art practice
- deal confidently with issues surrounding presentation and exhibiting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Although it is recommended that you have completed stage 1 of the City Lit fine art course or equivalent, you will still be considered if you have not completed stage 1, but have a portfolio of work that demonstrates that the course would be at the right level for you. Interviews and portfolio checks are arranged for entry to the course so that we can give you all the information you need and make sure the level is right. It will be assumed that you have an aptitude with drawing and some experience of working with a range of other materials.
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 be expected to respond individually to the programme, working closely with the tutors. Teaching will be in the form of seminars, video and slide lectures, gallery visits, discussion and personal tutorials.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There is a basic materials allowance in the fee, although you will be required to buy specialist items (canvas, stretchers, oils, sculpture materials). Advice on these will be given by tutors in the class. There will be no need to bring anything to the first session. The end of the year show may also involve some extra cost.
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?
After completing stage 2 of the City Lit fine art course, you might set up a studio, make BA/MA applications, or put together a programme at City Lit specific to your needs and interests. Students completing the course are given progression advice on a wide variety of options within fine art practice and typically many year groups continue to work together outside City Lit after the course.