City Lit fine art: year 2

Consolidating the experience gained in year 1 of CLFA, you will pursue a more individual, self-motivated route, resulting in a body of work that reflects your own interests. You will have one-to-one tutorials and production sessions that allow you explore and refine your creative skills, plus seminars and lectures in which you will engage with new ideas and contexts; all delivered by experienced, practising artists. Basic materials are provided for working in the City Lit studios, but you may be required to source your own specialist materials, depending on your choices.
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £1,949.00 Senior fee £1,559.00 Concession £1,364.00

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Course Code: VM552

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Started Mon, day, 03 Oct - 10 Jul '23

Duration: 51 sessions (over 41 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course develops the skills and sense of critical reflection acquired in Stage 1 of the course. It provides a
framework for those wishing to explore and develop their own fine art practice. Emphasis will be on personal creative project development in a supportive environment with continual feedback and evaluation of work produced. Core-teaching is delivered live on-line Mondays 14.00 - 16.00, and in-person at the City Lit Studios on alternate Tuesdays from 10.00 - 1700.

This course will be delivered online and in person, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

There will be initial research projects to help you define the basis for your creative work. Thereafter you will be able to develop an individual programme of study through negotiation 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. Students participate in a final exhibition, which is aimed at giving you experience of showing your work, collaboration, and planning, organising and promoting 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 methods and artworks discussed.

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

- initiate and develop personal work
- become increasingly adept at assessing your progress and results.
- relate your work to the various aspects of contemporary fine art practice
- engage with considerations related to presentation and exhibiting.

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

It is recommended that prospective applicants to this course will have completed the City Lit fine art course Stage 1, or an equivalent. Interviews and portfolio checks are arranged for entry to the course; these will provide an opportunity for information to be given and will ensure that 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 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 expected to respond individually to the programme, working closely with the tutors. Teaching will be in the form of studio production sessions, seminars, video and slide lectures, gallery visits, group discussions and personal tutorials. Each term will include one additional off-site visit or external activity, dates subject to relevant opportunites.

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

Basic materials are provided for working in the City Lit studios, although you will occasionally be required to buy specialist items (canvas, stretchers, paints, sculpture materials). Advice on these will be given by artist/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.

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

After completing CLFA: Stage 2, students might set up a studio, make BA/MA applications, or put together a programme from the City Lit specific to developing needs. Advice and support is given on a wide range of progression options relating to fine art practice to support the development of professional understanding and a sustainable personal creative practice

In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, you will find a new and growing range of professional practice workshops in the school of Visual Arts, 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 a modular course, which you design for yourself; either way, they are there to provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.
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Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.