City Lit fine art: year 2

Course Dates: 09/10/23 - 09/07/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
Year 2 of the City Lit Fine Art course enables you to consolidate and focus the various experiences and ideas you will have gained in year 1. (Direct entry to year 2 is also possible, via interview, if you have an appropriate level of prior experience.) You will adopt simple research methods to reflect upon, identify and develop a personal creative project on a more individual, self-motivated route. This will result in the development of a cohesive body of new work that reflects your own interests. You will have group critiques, one-to-one tutorials and all day studio production sessions that allow you to explore and refine your creative skills, and seminars and presentations in which you will engage with new ideas and contexts; all delivered by experienced, practicing artists. Some basic materials are included.
You will have the opportunity to help organise and present some of your recent work in a group exhibition, via negotiation and with the support of your tutors. 2 – 4pm online Zoom sessions on alternate Mondays (15 in total)
10am – 5pm in City Lit studios. On alternate Tuesdays (16 in total)
6pm – 9pm in City Lit digital media suite. On 4 or 5 alternate Tuesday evenings per term (12 in total.
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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  • Course Code: VM552
  • Dates: 09/10/23 - 09/07/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Mon-Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 42 sessions (over 40 weeks)
  • Location: Blended (learn both online and in-person)
  • Tutor: Rolina Elsje Blok, Kath Castillo, Anne-Marie Foster, Alexandra Harley, Monika Kita, Amanda Knight, Joe Richardson, Steven Scott

Course Code: VM552

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Started Mon-Tue, day, 09 Oct - 09 Jul '24

Duration: 42 sessions (over 40 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will enable you to develop and utilise the studio skills and the sense of critical reflection acquired in year 1. It provides a framework for students wanting to explore and develop a self-motivated fine art practice in any media. In Year 2 you will be required to reflect upon previous successes and identify and develop of a creative project consisting of a cohesive body of refined art work that is ready for exhibition / presentation. The three terms that constitute the VM552 course will be used to reflect the trajectory of a simple creative project from an initial emphasis on research and development, to refinement and production in term 2 through to completion and presentation in term 3. This will take place within a supportive environment with relevant contextual discussions, and regular tutor feedback and evaluation of work in progress.

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 some initial research-based exercises in the first term, to help you define a starting point for your creative work. Thereafter you will be able to develop an individual programme of study through negotiation and regular communication with your tutors. Some studio sessions will offer focus in specific media areas, but most will offer you the chance to develop your art work through self-directed creative activities, Some art history and contextual studies are integral to the programme, and you will be asked to consider relevant relationships of theory to practice. Students can participate in a final show, which is aimed at giving the group the experience of installing work, collaboration, planning, organising and promoting a group exhibition.
This course emphasises contemporary art practice and ongoing debate. As such you can expect to be stimulated and sometimes challenged by some of the ideas and methods discussed.

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

- identify, develop and produce a cohesive body of personal artwork
- become increasingly adept at assessing your progress and results.
- relate your work to aspects of contemporary fine art practice
- recognise and engage with issues related to the presentation and exhibition of artwork
- produce work in a self-motivated manner and articulate the intentions and contexts relevant to this.

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

It is recommended that applicants to this course will have completed the Year 1 of the City Lit Fine Art course,
or an equivalent course / course. Informal interviews and portfolio reviews are arranged for applicants from external courses or with appropriate prior experience. Students completing year 1 (VM551) can progress onto Year 2 via a course review tutorial.

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 and each other. Leaning will include studio production sessions, seminars, critiques, lectures, tutorials and gallery visits. Some course preparation, reading and making will occasionally be required. Any personal time spent reviewing, researching and developing creative responses, writing up notes, reading and visiting exhibitions, will enhance your experience of the course.

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

Basic materials are provided, although students will be required to buy some specialist items.
(canvas, stretchers, paints, frames, sculpture materials, etc). Advice on this will be available session tutors. The exhibition of your work is likely to involve some extra cost.

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

After completing CLFA year 2, previous students have chosen either to apply to BA or MA courses, to focus on the development of their practice in a different context, to set up a studio or business, or to progress on to year 3 in order to propose and complete a project for external exhibition, to further enhance their artistic practice, and to benefit from focused teaching of professional practice, make funding applications and find external exhibition opportunities.
Advice and support is given on a wide range of progression options that support the development of professional understanding and a sustainable personal creative practice.

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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.