Developing art practice

Course Dates: 07/10/23 - 22/06/24
Time: 10:30 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discussion. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation and gallery site visits, as well as online discussion and debate.

This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessment' to begin your application.
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Full fee £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £769.00

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Course Code: VM563

Available start dates 

Sat, day, 07 Oct - 22 Jun '24

Duration: 12 sessions (over 38 weeks)

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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 on organised gallery or studio 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 professional artists, makers and theorists who will assist you in building your art practice in a supportive and professional context.

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 like minded creative community of tutors and peers. As part of the course you will create and develop an on-line portfolio, 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 indendently on their creative project and participating in dicsussion 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 confience and critical awareness in assessing your creative progress and practice
- relate your work to various aspects of contemporary fine art practice and participate confidently in critical discussion
- explore a possible context for your work and make relevant applications or submissions if appropriate
- present an on-line portfolio and develop 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 and 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 environment and exchange group to support them in developing creative work 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.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If you do not have access to a computer, you will be able to arrange access to a PC at City Lit, in our learning resource centre. We recommend you bring along a notebook or sketchbook, and a pen. You may wish to buy books related to topics and subjects explored. Offsite visits will take place in galleries and art sites across London so you will need to be able to travel with 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.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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). You may also wish to supplement your creative development by enrolling on additional critical thinking courses from our Cultural Studies or Art History programme areas.

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