Contemporary Culture Courses in London

Explore contemporary culture today through City Lit's diverse range of short and long courses in Literature , Film studies , Art history , Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Our short and long courses are available online daytime, evening and weekend. With courses such as ‘Understanding contemporary art: ideas and origins’, ‘Contemporary British Filmmakers: new visions, emerging voices’ and ‘Understanding the modern world’, our programme puts the ‘human’ in the humanities, inviting you to join a community of learners exploring culture in our times.

Our students can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the BFI, the British Museum and many of London’s art galleries.

You can also explore the full range of our Humanities Courses here.

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  1. Writing journeys – in collaboration with the British Museum
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 31 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In partnership with the British Museum’s exhibition on "Thomas Becket: the murder and making of a saint", we’ll be exploring the concepts of journeys, travel and pilgrimages. Through a combination of close readings and creative exercises, you’ll be invited to consider your own physical, spiritual and creative journeys as inspiration for your writing.



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
  2. A Psychoanalytical approach to Film: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 1 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to psychoanalysis for film interpretation, applying key Freudian concepts to explore celebrated works by international directors: Peter Jackson, Lars von Trier, Lynne Ramsay, Alfred Hitchcock, Gaspar Noé, and Luis Buñuel. Psychoanalytic themes will be identified in cinema, engendering a more enriched viewing experience.



    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. Writing for podcasts: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 7 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Podcasts are growing rapidly in popularity, and more and more people are making their own, both at home and at work. Find out more about all the different kinds of writing involved in producing a podcast, hone your own skills and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for audio.



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
  4. Aspects of European Cinema
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 7 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course introduces you to a range of themes in European cinema, including art cinema, authorship, national cinema, movements and new waves, popular cinema, and genre, while also exploring key developments in European film history and a range of critical responses to European cinema.



    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
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  5. David Lynch on the lost highway to Hollywood
    Weekend
    Course 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
  6. A Psychoanalytic investigation of the Joker
    Weekend
    Course 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
  7. Focus on: Grayson Perry
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Grayson Perry: ceramicist, curator (The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman), designer of tapestries (The Vanity of Small Differences), dress designer, graphic novelist, social commentator, collector, and 2003 Turner Prize winner. Discover the wit and consummate craft of this fascinating artist.



    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
  8. Focus on: David Hockney
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 10 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In 2011 David Hockney was voted most influential British artist of all time in a poll of over 1000 artists. Explore how Hockney’s career as painter, photographer and writer has evolved over six decades.



    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
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  9. The Wind in Film
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    We will go on a journey exploring a variety of cinematic expressions of wind in film: From silent cinema, disaster films, to nature documentaries, surrealist and art house films: Including Joris Ivens, Jean Epstein, Victor Sjostrom, and Bela Tarr. We will consider filmmaking techniques to express and render visible this invisible force through editing, soundtrack, and camera shots.



    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. Self-publishing: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to keep full creative control of your writing project? Learn more about self-publishing and how to give your book (poetry, fiction or non-fiction) the best chance of achieving high sales.



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
  11. Writing eco-poetry: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    How might poets write about the natural world in 2021 and beyond, and what is an eco-poem?



    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 £69.00 Concession £28.00
  12. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? This course explores these questions through a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.



    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
    Rating:
    96% of 100

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