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All our courses here at City Lit are taught by expert tutors such as published authors, academics, practising artists, and experienced professionals. Our friendly, supportive, and inspiring tutors are here to boost your confidence and motivate you at every step. We always ensure that your journey with us is enjoyable, positive, and thought-provoking.
We offer online courses and in-person courses. Our interactive online courses are taught live and in small groups. Read our guide to online learning for more information. In-person courses are delivered at our modern college campus in London near Covent Garden.
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- Generative AI: a short introductionCourse start date: Sat 25 Nov 2023 (and 8 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Kate ScottThis is a short introduction to Generative AI for non-technical beginners who want to find out what all the fuss is about over ChatGPT, DALL-E and Stable Diffusion.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
- Instagram for business: introductionCourse start date: Sat 9 Dec 2023 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Amber Raney-KincadeLearn how to use Instagram, the visual social media site, to market your business and communicate with your customers.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
- Screenprinting in a dayCourse start date: Fri 15 Dec 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rolina Elsje BlokIn this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
- Introduction to using the sewing machineCourse start date: Tue 5 Dec 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Rachel SelormeyIdeal for beginners, you will learn how to use a sewing machine, its different components, how to troubleshoot and look after your machine. You will also learn different basic sewing techniques to start your journey into the world of sewing.
- Build a website in a day with WordPressCourse start date: Sun 26 Nov 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Julian HoldenWordPress is the world's most popular content management system, and it's free! On this intensive, one-day course you'll learn how to use it to build your own website.
- The design briefCourse start date: Tue 6 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Andrew McCartenThis workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, sometimes, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.
For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook. Basic materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring and use your own as well.Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
- Reflecting on practiceCourse start date: Tue 13 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Marcus Richards“What is your work about?” is a question many artists struggle to answer easily. The cycle of activity and reflection is a fundamental principle of creative practice, in which, as part of any attempt to address this question in any meaningful way, it is valuable to develop a paradigm for articulating one’s motivations, interests, processes and practices. Examining and analysing these points supports the creative practitioner in defining their areas of concern, and leads to deeper understanding, which is helpful in articulating a position to explain, support or contextualise one’s practice, or to define specific research questions. That said, there is perhaps something of a paradox inherent in articulating visual thoughts in words. This professional practice module is designed to support artists in identifying where and how to begin articulating concepts, defining appropriate contextual frameworks, and identifying suitable comparators. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to define your interest and identify further appropriate research into specific themes, questions and areas of interest, culture or knowledge – all in order better to understand and explain what you do, and why.
For this workshop, please prepare to show a piece of work from your own practice that you consider to be unsuccessful, or alternatively a piece of work (in any creative medium) that you do not like, or do not understand.
- Indian head massage: workshopCourse start date: Sat 2 Mar 2024 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Kean Street Wellbeing CentreTutors: Ameena RahmanDiscover the ancient and highly therapeutic practice of Indian head massage. Learn how tension is held in the neck and shoulders and how to alleviate this in family and friends by practising a basic routine.
- Mindful self-care for body and mindCourse start date: Tue 12 Mar 2024
Location on this date: Kean Street Wellbeing CentreTutors: Hilary LyonsDiscover ways of getting in touch with yourself - your wants, needs, passions and priorities. Learn ways in which to work with the stress and pressure in your life that may be causing you to feel physically, mentally or emotionally out of balance.Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £62.00
- Modern African history: understanding the state and economy since independenceCourse start date: Sat 16 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetExplore post-colonial Africa's political, economic, and social journey since independence. Gain insights into state building, governance, development, and identity, fostering a holistic understanding of Africa's evolution.Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
- Design thinking: creative problem solvingCourse start date: Tue 16 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Andrew McCartenThe term ‘design thinking’ describes an adaptive and reflective approach to problem-solving that is, in many ways, the same as the kinds of processes that underpin creative practice generally, and is fundamental to the development of many of the systems on which the world’s current production, logistics, communications and supply depend. Although generally considered largely in relation to system design, information and interaction design, and product design, it is a way of thinking through and deconstructing creative and/or technical challenges that is equally valuable as a lens through which to examine creative processes and problems in any discipline. In this professional practice workshop, we examine the 5 classic stages of Design Thinking, and look at how we can use them to refine our thinking processes, apply our insight and focus our imagination, to solve both creative and practical problems.
For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook. Basic materials will be provided, but you're welcome to bring your own as well.Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
- Printmaking editionsCourse start date: Tue 21 May 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Adam HogarthIn this comprehensive one-day course you will gain insight into presenting finished prints and gain ideas on presenting them within a professional context. You will get access to a wide range of prints, from prints made by students, to prints made by established and professional artists.Full fee £99.00
- The creative industriesCourse start date: Tue 18 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Andrew McCartenCreativity is one of the areas in which the UK retains a leading position, globally, and much is made of the importance of the ‘creative economy’, and its value to the country. But what exactly are the co-called ‘creative industries’ we hear so much about? What is the value of ‘creativity’ and ‘innovation’ to the national and global economy, and does this extend beyond the overtly ‘creative’ pursuits of art, design and entertainment? How is so-called ‘creative thinking’ central to business, industries and services? In many countries around the world, the benefits of approaches to learning that are central pillars of ‘creative education’ are increasingly recognised in terms of their value in developing fully-rounded learners, and citizens. This workshop examines these questions, and considers the value of creative education in the context of a series of disciplines predicated on thinking related to solving problems, and its relevance for all aspects of contemporary life.
For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook. Basic materials will be provided, but you are also welcome to bring and use your own.Full fee £69.00
- Introduction to FacebookCourse start date: Tue 30 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Amber Raney-KincadeLearn more about Facebook, the social networking site that allows you to find and communicate with friends and common interest groups. Keep in touch with family and friends or get in touch with long lost relations or school friends.
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