Making a statement: how to write a strong application
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VPP430-1
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
New for 20/21, our professional practice suite is a set of one-day workshops that you can pick and mix to design your own modular course, to learn core skills and knowledge essential to the professional creative practitioner in craft, design or fine art. Whether you require expert technical knowledge, deeper critical and contextual understanding, or need to know how to go about setting yourself up as an independent professional, these workshops will allow you to build your own modular course of study to ensure you develop the skills you need.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
By definition, each workshop is different, but every one of them is designed to enable you to develop knowledge and skills that – whether directly related to your subject or not – will enhance your professionalism and understanding of the context in which you make your work. Whilst we are beginning with a select number of titles, the full, final range of workshops will cover everything from technical fundamentals, through critical and theoretical studies, to commercial operations. We will be adding new titles regularly, both online and, increasingly, as restrictions ease, at City Lit.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Obviously, while this depends on the workshop you take part in, the primary purpose of all of them is to build confidence and expertise, so that you are better able to pursue your professional/creative aims and aspirations independently and more effectively, and to know what you are doing. To that end, each workshop has a relatively narrow focus to ensure that you get what you need out of it, as set out in the intro paragraph above.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to take part in any professional practice workshop, however, the expectation is that you will be participating in order to strengthen your understanding of a particular subject related to your work, to acquire underpinning technical knowledge, to discuss or consider alternative creative practices, or to engage in communities or networks of practice with your peers.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Again, every workshop is slightly different, and the teaching will reflect the subject, or the focus of the session: technical sessions might consist of instruction and/or troubleshooting, while workshops focusing on interpretation, writing or collaboration are likely to involve more discussion and reflection of individual and shared experience. Generally speaking, however, as these are not beginners courses, most of them do not feature introductions to techniques or processes, unless specified.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Other than basic stationery for making notes, and, if the workshop is being delivered online, a computer or tablet and an internet connection, nothing else will be required, unless explicitly mentioned in the introduction.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Advanced art and design professional practice modules are designed to support your creative practice: you can do one, many, or all of them, depending on what you need at the time. There is no set order, and there are no entry requirements. If you see a workshop that provides the professional skills or knowledge that you need, just sign up!
I am a contemporary art curator and creative producer working in and outside of arts spaces with 35 years of experience, development and delivering the arts at local, regional and national level. My practice includes strategy development, project delivery, and teaching and mentoring. Teaching at City Lit allows me to consider aspects of my work in a more thoughtful and theoretical way; I love how the sessions are always full of discussion and dialogue about what art is and can be. I value the input I get from students, who always bring fresh thinking and ideas. My curatorial interest is how the arts and artists intersects with place and people, to bring changes in perception. I have a specialist expereince in contemporary arts within the contexts of heritage and landscape. I mentor artists and arts & heritage organisations, helping people to see the clearer and bigger picture. Organisations I have worked with include: National Trust, Kew Gardens, Chatsworth House, Arts Council England and my own community. I have the skills of fundraising, marketing and evaluation and I am interested in all kinds of art and artists.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.