What is the course about?
The City Lit art and design portfolio projects courses run throughout the year in three separate programmes which can be studied individually or as a group. The courses are designed for beginners and those in the early stages of developing their creative thinking, practice and interests and who wish to explore a wide variety of creative subjects and practices. On the course you will explore diverse aspects of art and design through a series of creatively stimulating projects to assemble a varied portfolio that reflects your own personal creative development which can be used for applying for further study on courses such as the City Lit Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The portfolio courses can be studied on their own, or as a series – enabling you to explore and develop your skills, knowledge and portfolio in a whole range of diverse practices.
The focus of this course is on the development of a personal project, using a wide-range of 2D and 3D materials. Over the course you will gain confidence in your presentation skills and critical awareness by developing your ideas into a coherent, researched personal project. Individual portfolio feedback will be offered throughout the course. You may study this course on its own, or as a continuation on from other Art and Design Portfolio Projects courses.
What will we cover?
On the art and design portfolio projects course a new topic will be explored each evening, which will be introduced and investigated through illustrated talks, tutor demonstrations, practical projects and informal group discussion to help inspire you in the development of your own project ideas. In a supportive atmosphere you will experiment and develop a personal approach to making art and design in response to the proposed topics to aid the development of your personal work and project ideas.
On the course you will:
- Develop personal project ideas and work
- Explore life drawing and develop observational drawing skills using line, tone, and composition
- Explore basic colour theory by investigating collage techniques and experimenting with printmaking
- Explore 3D design and sculpture, using materials such as clay, plaster, wire and card
- Develop work in graphic design and typography, exploring layout and composition
- Build a diverse and confident portfolio covering a specific personal project
This course concerns contemporary practice and debate. As such you can expect to be stimulated and challenged by some of the ideas and images discussed.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Develop personal project ideas and creative work
- Draw, sculpt, paint and design with greater confidence
- Explore and use a range of mixed media and materials
- Develop and present your own creative work
- Develop a well-presented portfolio including 2D and 3D work from fine art to graphics which could be used to apply for Foundation Diploma level study or for your own personal development and enjoyment
- Have an understanding of visual concepts through observation, expression and critical thinking
- Assess your own creative abilities and strengths.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is appropriate for complete beginners, those returning to art education after a break, or those with some experience who wish to inspire, refresh and renew their approach to making art and design work.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions in demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations to support your artistic development.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is primarily one-to-one teaching with a great deal of advice, encouragement and instruction from experienced artists or designers. There will be visual presentations on contemporary art and design to inform and inspire your own work, and each evening a new project and theme will be set, and new materials introduced to extend your creative development. Workshops will include group discussions and portfolio feed back from your tutor, and an external group visit to a museum or gallery.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All essential materials will be provided, including paints, paper, inks, sculpture materials and print making materials. You may wish to purchase and use your own materials, depending on the work you wish to make. An A4 sketchbook and a portfolio may need to be bought, and you will be advised about this by your tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
On completing this course you may be interested in using your portfolio to apply for the City Lit Foundation Diploma in Art & Design to gain greater experience, extend and build your personal creative work and portfolio, and gain a formal qualification for access to higher education and University courses or to begin your career in the art and design industry. This is an ideal course for starting and finding a creative direction, and will help you in deciding on future courses or study.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details