What is the course about?
Over the period of a year, you will develop your own body of artwork and attend a series of work-based seminars facilitated by artist-teachers, both onsite in workshop, tutorial or seminar contexts, and offsite during organised gallery, studio and artist-run organisation visits. You will have the opportunity to submit your work for critical discussion to support your development, receive personal tutorials on your developing practice, and participate in guided on-line discussion. The course is taught by practicing artists, makers and theorists who will assist you in building your art practice in a supportive and professional context.
This course will be delivered online and onsite, 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?
Over the year, you will develop and sustain a programme of personal or collaborative art practice. You will be supported in developing and enhancing the critical understanding of your personal work through studying alongside a diverse creative community of tutors and peers. As part of the course you will create and develop an online profile, which will form the basis of discussion, critique and exchange, and act as preparation for submissions and applications for exhibitions, further higher level study or other creative opportunities. As part of this, the tutor team will provide advice and mentoring support. In between taught sessions, those on the course will be expected to be working independently on their creative project and participating in discussion and exchange via the course virtual learning environment (support will be provided on using this facility at the start of the course).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- develop and sustain a body of personal creative project work in any area of art practice
- build confidence and critical awareness in assessing your creative progress and practice
- position your work in relation to contemporary fine art contexts and participate confidently in critical discussion
- explore possible contexts for your work by making relevant applications or submissions if appropriate
- develop an on-line profile and a personal approach to presenting and representing your work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
To enrol on this course you will have completed a higher level course, such as the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, the City Lit Fine Art Course, the City Lit sculpture course or equivalent, or have some prior experience working in an art or design context, with an existing portfolio of work.
Course applicants will be interested in identifying personal goals, developing personal creative work and exploring contexts developing and displaying artwork. The course is ideal for those looking for a supportive group environment to support them in developing creative work, projects and ideas.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be expected to develop your personal practice outside of seminar sessions and personal tutorial hours, post images or work online for discussion, and contribute to a discussion forum outside of the set course hours.
The course will be a combination of online (Term One) and studio-based (subject to social distancing measures and public health guidance). Teaching days will include tutor and peer to peer presentation and group discussion.
Online teaching will consist of seminars using video conference software (eg: Zoom) and forums (eg: Google classroom).
Off site gallery visits can require spending a day walking between galleries in a group (again, subject to social distancing measures and public health guidance in effect at the time). There will also be assignments and the option to visit galleries on your own, or 'virtually'.
NB For students who can not attend face to face learning, we will facilitate remote learning where possible.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to have the following, as essentials:
- 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.
We recommend you bring along a notebook/sketchbook, and a pen. You may wish to buy books related to topics and subjects for further study.
Offsite visits will take place in galleries and art sites across London (subject to social distancing measures and public health guidance). 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 courses across the City Lit Art and Design programme such as Contemporary practice: personal project (VM676).
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 (from October 2020), 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.