Open source software and platforms for creative communities

Course Dates: 17/11/21
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
Open source software provides alternatives to virtually all the available commercial creative software, apps and platforms. It is generally free, or otherwise considerably less expensive than the commercial products, and, while generally less widely-used than what we might consider to be the giant 'industry standard' titles, generally benefits from an extensive and committed developer base, who tend to have a more generous attitude towards the community of users, and to be responsive to security issues through updates, patches and so on. This workshop provides a discussion space to: introduce the principles of open source software and the developer community; survey and consider the available options for creative software; examine how alternatives to the standard commercial software titles can help users address concerns related to privacy, personal data and security. It also looks at the value of open source as an alternative to the uncertainty of subscription-based licensing, and the potential future risk, within the commercial model, of being prevented from using software titles you have paid for, when they are no longer the latest version, or being frozen out from accessing your own work if your subscription expires.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00

Course Code: VPP050-1

Wed, day, 17 Nov - 17 Nov '21

Duration: 1 session

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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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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!

Rolina Elsje Blok Tutor Website

Rolina E. Blok is an artist of Dutch/Romanian origin based in London. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a speciality in Contemporary Approaches to Printmaking. Blok’s practice expands into the digital realm as well as printmaking, sculpture, performance art and curating. Blok is part of the Visual Arts team at City Lit and is currently a Screenprint Fellow at the Royal Academy. I think that working with the other tutors we can inspire and help the students advance in their practice and explore the creative potential within combined digital and print media. I am an advocate for experimentation and would like to instigate conversations surrounding the relationship between the physical realm and the digital world. The method is the vessel for the message to be portrayed. From pixel to halftone and back again.. @rolinablok #rolinablok rolina.blok@citylit.ac.uk

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.