New courses

With the current situation leaving most of us at home, now is the ideal time to learn a new skill. Whether it is learning a language that you’ve always wanted to learn or exploring relaxation techniques to aid your wellbeing, keeping your brain and body active during this time is essential.

City Lit is offering a number of brand new courses starting from February.

Many of our courses are delivered online. The learning experience is very similar to being in a classroom, meaning that you can learn from our friendly and passionate tutors who want to help you to achieve your goals.

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  1. Editing workshop with free software: DaVinci Resolve

    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the fundamentals of digital editing using DaVinci Resolve - the top professional editing package. Learn about key editing concepts, and how to cut together and export a short, professionally shot sequence. Please note: the Da Vinci Resolve software needs to be downloaded and tested before the first class.

    https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve/whatsnew

    The software is not suitable for use with a phone, tablet, iPad and some older computers.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  2. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

  3. How to read a film: a beginners' guide to cinema

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. Looking at artists: focus on the artists palette

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    As part of our 'looking at artists' series, this short online course will focus on the Artist's palette in reference to the slow drying nature of oil paint that allows for strategic arrangement, harmonious mixtures and a unity of colour on the canvas. We will look at examples of artists who make successful use of such strategies in their paintings such as Whistler, William Nicholson and the Canadian Group of Seven.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. looking at artists: focus on collage and papercutting

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    As part of our ‘looking at artists’ series, this short online course will introduce you to artists who use collage and papercutting techniques in representational and abstract works. Be inspired by the creative works of Henri Matisse, John Piper, and Rob Ryan and explore how these techniques are approached and you can start to develop personal experimental samples in collage and papercutting.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Photographing with natural light

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to read, control and modify natural light in photography. Experiment with available light in portraiture, landscape and product photography. Put your skills to practice in weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  7. From Aesop to Achebe: explore philosophy through stories

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Philosophical thinking is triggered when we feel that the story we have isn’t enough. Philosophy is the desire to find other stories. This course looks at the questions we might ask about a story and the questions a story makes us ask of ourselves.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. City Lit Pro: introduction to Mobile Marketing Strategy

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Mobile is arguably the most personal, targeted, and relevant marketing channel available. This course teaches you how to create and run engaging mobile marketing campaigns using today’s mobile technology.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  9. An Introduction to 3D CGI with Blender

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Blender is a free, hugely powerful and widely used 3D program for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, virtual reality and computer games.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  10. Improve your posture when sitting at a desk

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Working from home? Enjoy some practical and easy ways to improve your sitting and workstation to help reduce tiredness, backache and 'Zoom neck'. Discover ways to increase energy and attention levels and work more efficiently.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  11. Strengthen your drawing: experimental monotype and handprint 

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This experimental course will push your drawing to the next level as you use a range of strategies which incorporate handprint techniques to refine skills and test different approaches.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  12. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £250.00

  13. Start a career in: architectural photography

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Having a great knowledge of photography is important but now you have accomplished that, this is your next step.

    This online interactive course comprises a series of online lectures on the business of architectural photography.

    This course will prepare you to compete in the challenging world of client-facing photography in the areas of architectural and interior photography. You’ll be taught by knowledgeable and highly experienced professional practitioners who bring all their skills and experience to help launch or evolve your professional practice.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Creative photography

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Get creative and connect with the world around you through the lens of a digital camera. Put new ideas to practice through weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback in a positive environment.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  15. Looking at artists: focus on pointillism

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    As part of our 'looking at artists' series, this short online course will introduce to you to pointillism and approaches in optical mixing of colours used by French artist Georges Seurat and his contemporaries. While making small scale colour experiments with oil paints we will discuss Seurat’s work in greater depth and examine visual references.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

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