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. Great works: Tallis's Spem in alium
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 4 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history of this monumental 40-part motet, the largest work by any Tudor composer.



    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 £23.00 Concession £18.00
  2. Making sense of fictions through philosophy
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Our ability not only to talk about fictional characters, but to say true things about them, has puzzled philosophers throughout history. This introductory course will show you why fictional characters present such a puzzle.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  3. Great artists: David Munrow
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the life and works of David Munrow, one of the key performers of early music in the 1960s and 1970s.



    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 £23.00 Concession £18.00
  4. London photography: wildlife in the city
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    This is an opportunity to enjoy the surroundings, flora and fauna of some of London’s finest parks whilst learning



    photography skills along the way. Suitable for beginners and more advanced. Image: Rachel Wegh - Parakeet.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Caribbean voices: writers of the Windrush generation
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    “Wat a joyful news, miss Mattie, | I feel like me heart gwine burs | Jamaica people colonizin | Englan in reverse,” wrote the England-bound Jamaican poet Louise Bennett in 1966. Two decades of migration from the Caribbean “periphery” to the British “metropole” saw the development of deep varied Caribbean traditions both critical and creative, and this weekend course considers them.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  6. Masters of Cinema: Ennio Morricone: the movie maestro
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Composer of over 450 films, Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks combined electric guitars, panpipes, whistling and orchestrations with natural sound to reinvent the sound of cinema. This course will look at Morricone’s techniques and creative relationships with Italian directors including Leone, Pasolini and Tornatore plus also his memorable film scores for films including The Mission, The Untouchables and The Hateful Eight.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  7. David Lynch on the lost highway to Hollywood
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In 1977 the film world changed with Eraserhead, the feature debut of David Lynch. His films are fascinating in their ability to create imaginary worlds that bear a superficial resemblance to reality, leading viewers through a labyrinth of twisted tales and unlikely small American towns. These landscapes are painted with shiny colours along a lost highway, illuminated by headlights racing into an endless night, where David Lynch movies echo earlier Hollywood classics.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  8. A Psychoanalytic investigation of the Joker
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Exploring iconic representations of The Joker in film and TV, showcasing the pathology of a Supervillain who weaponises comedy, inspires delinquency, and claims unreliable accounts of a traumatic personal history. Reference will be made to texts by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Albert Camus, and Friedrich Nietzsche.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  9. Virginia Woolf: essayist and thinker
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online literature course will explore Virginia Woolf’s work as an essay writer and thinker, focusing on Woolf's 'A Room of One's Own', 'Three Guineas', 'The Common Reader', and other essays.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  10. Cinema du Look
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will focus on a specific decade of French film production – the 1980s. French cinema’s dynamic relationship with Hollywood finds expression in this decade in the so-called cinéma du look, exemplified by directors such as Luc Besson. The course will look at the industrial, cultural and social factors in play during this period and it will explore the work of Besson and others.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  11. Better breathing for better health
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Yoga breathing practices to expand and enhance the breath at a time when we need it most. Experience how better breathing can reduce stress and anxiety, clear and calm the mind and revitalise the energy for the week ahead.



    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 £31.00 Concession £27.00
  12. Level 2 nature based health intervention
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    PLEASE BE AWARE THIS COURSE IS FREE IF YOU ARE RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS OR EARINING A LOW WAGE, PLEASE SEE THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.







    ‘Green care’ or ‘nature based interventions for health’ is a growing area of study and practice.



    This course is for learners who are working in the environmental, health or outdoors sectors, or those who want to develop a career in these sectors. It can be for those who have been asked to support green care and other nature based intervention initiatives and may have little or limited knowledge of the concept of social prescribing.







    Recent studies bring together evidence from across the UK that shows the multiple benefits of nature based approaches to health. Doctors and health professionals are now using ‘social prescription’ in all parts of the UK and consequently, there is a need to develop an understanding of how these approaches fit into these health developments. Feel free to contact us for more information: joanna.akram@citylit.ac.uk.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00
  13. Social media introduction: stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This practical course is aimed at beginners who are looking to develop their social media skills for personal use or to promote their business. Learn how social media can be used to communicate with your target 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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £40.00
  14. Ballet body conditioning
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ballet body conditioning combines specifically sequenced exercises including elements of barre, floor work and centre practice and is designed to complement studies in ballet and acting. Ideal for those who already have good physical awareness and have studied a dance discipline at a basic level.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  15. Jazz rhythm section workout
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This new workshop will attempt to function as the practical part of the jazz harmony & ear training courses. Rhythm section will be coached in matters of playing together, navigating jazz standards. For drummers, bass players, guitarists and pianists who have studied jazz formally.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00

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