Developing art practice

Course Dates: 05/10/24 - 14/06/25
Time: 10:15 - 16:45
Location: Keeley Street
This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discourse. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation via group crits, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, collaborative work and discussion and debate. This course is one of the eligible programmes for application to Bloomberg New Contemporaries.
The course will be delivered onsite.

This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessment' to begin your application.
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Developing art practice
  • Course Code: VM563
  • Dates: 05/10/24 - 14/06/25
  • Time: 10:15 - 16:45
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 12 sessions (over 37 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street

Course Code: VM563

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Sat, day, 05 Oct - 14 Jun '25

Duration: 12 sessions (over 37 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
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What is the course about?

This course is facilitated by practicing artists who will support you in building your practice within a professional context. Over the period of a year, you will develop your own body of work and attend a series of work-based seminars facilitated by the artist-tutors in workshop and tutorial contexts and offsite visits. You will have the opportunity to both define and refine your own creative identity by appraising your work in a supportive and critical setting. The course includes 3 in depth personal tutorials around your practice and you are expected to participate in tutor and peer-led presentations and discussion.

What will we cover?

Over the course of a year you will create and sustain a body of work, this could be a personal or collaborative practice. The course will respond to current discourse in contemporary art practice. You will be supported in developing a critical understanding of your practice through working alongside a diverse creative community of tutors and peers. You will be encouraged to build an online profile which will form the basis of discussion, critique and exchange and act as preparation for potential submissions and applications for exhibitions, higher-level study, or other creative opportunities.As part of this, the tutor team will offer advice and mentoring support. You will be expected to be working independently on your creative projects, participate in discussion and exchange via the course virtual learning environment.

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

- have developed and sustained a body of personal creative project work in any area of contemporary art practice
- assess your creative progress and practice with greater confidence and awareness
- position your work in relation to contemporary fine art contexts
- actively participate in critical discourse around your practice and that of other practitioners
- explore possible contexts for your work by making relevant applications or submissions where appropriate
- have developed an on-line profile
- have developed a personal approach to articulating and representing your work including an artist statement.

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

To enrol you will have completed a higher-level course, such as the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, the City Lit Fine Art Course or BA Fine Art or equivalent, or have prior experience working in an art or design context, with an existing portfolio of work. Applicants will be interested in identifying personal goals, working independently on their practice, devising and exploring personal creative interests and potential contexts for developing and presenting artwork. The course is ideal for those looking for a supportive creative community and group environment to develop creative work, projects and ideas.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Ideally, you will have your own studio space in which to work over the year of the programme but this is not essential. You will be expected to commit to developing your personal practice, share work-in-progress and contribute to the discussion forum outside of the set course hours. The course is taught on 12 Saturdays spaced over the academic year. Teaching days will be delivered in-person, including tutor and peer presentation and group discussion. The online platform is Google classroom. (Support will be given in using this online platform at the start of the course.) Tutorials will be online via Zoom. Offsite visits to galleries can require travelling across London and walking between galleries in a group. There will also be assignments such as written reflection on your studio research and an artist statement.

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

- email address
- reliable internet connection
- computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (we recommend Google Chrome)
- digital camera or smartphone to document your work for sharing on Google Classroom.
You may wish to buy books related to topics and subjects for further study.
Field trips will be to galleries and art sites across London. These can stretch over a full teaching day so you will need to be able to walk between the venues and/or travel within the Greater London area on public transport. All sites selected will be free of charge,however you may wish to visit exhibitions with entrance fees independently.

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

Once you have completed this course you may be interested in other Advanced Art and Professional Practice courses across the City Lit Art and Design programme to support your studio practice.

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