Open Day - Friday 6 April 2018


Over 40 daytime and evening; from acting to animation, ballet to basketry, wine tasting to writing and much more…

For those who enjoy living on the spur of the moment we have Friday evening curious courses. The course subject will be kept under wraps until the moment you arrive – £5 (1 hour) and £10 (2 hours) – embrace the unknown! Check times before , courses are listed in colours E.g. blue or green.

Book a free 'general open day ticket' to experience Build and/or scroll through the list of subjects to book for taster courses and workshops and curious courses - please check times before .


Free activities

Information and advice fair, 10:00-20:00

Humanities and Sciences
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Family Learning
121 disability,dyslexia, deaf support advice
Speech Therapy: empowering adults who stammer
Student Centre

Build building tours, 10:00-20:00
Visit the 4th floor terrace, our café – The Lunch Room, Student Centre and Library - a one stop shop for all services, with seats for quieter study as well as group study. Tours start at the John Lyon's Theatre.

Jewellery: open studio, 11:00-17:00
A drop-in-session to see our jewellery learners and tutors work-in-progress. Get a behind-closed-doors look at the jewellery-making process.

Animated selfies, 10:30-16:30
Create a giant drawn selfie in minutes and add your portrait to an exciting experimental drawn animation project.

Make your mark: experiment with animation, 10:30-12:45
Create a giant drawn selfie in minutes and add your portrait to an exciting experimental drawn animation project.

activities, 10:00-17:00
Try out some free games and activities, browse our library collection, group study and quiet zones and meet new people!

Build art school: advice and guidance, 11:00-20:00
Want to explore art and design at a higher level? For over 19's, we offer exciting and challenging art courses to prepare you to be an artist or maker. Drop-in with your portfolio and chat with our expert tutors. 

Animation lounge: pop-up animation festival, 10:30-17:00
Enjoy a pop up animation festival; an exciting selection of animations produced by our talented students.

Sumayya Usmani - book sale, 10:30-18:00
Discover the book 'Mountain Berries & Desert Spice: Sweet Inspiration from the Hunza Valley to the Arabian Sea' by former Build student Sumayya Usmani. Signed and unsigned copies of fabulous recipes.

Pre-loved books on health and music, 10:30-18:00
Pick up a bargain book on anatomy and physiology, massage, exercise or a musical score!

Hot hats 10:30-18:00
For a donation you can walk away with a hand-made hat whilst contributing to the Build student bursary.

Piano platform, 10:30-17:00
Informal performances by music students at City lit will be spaced at intervals throughout the day.

Choir, 12:45-13:30
A short, lively performance from students in Build's Choirs. Directed by Trevor Alexander and accompanied by Matthew Hough

Tango demonstration, 13:30-13:45
Enjoy a demonstration of a Tango routine from one of our tutors in the Cafeteria.

Jazz ensemble, 14:00-17:00
Jazz students invite you drop by and listen to their open rehearsal.

Reading the City, 17:00-18:00
Watch 'Reading the City', a monthly creative writing performance event, listen to original work written and read by our current creative writing students.

Friday night in the

  • Singers: Jazz, Pop, Rock Soul and stand-up comedy, 18:00-19:30
    Singers and comedians from Build perform a selection of their favourite songs and jokes with live piano accompaniment.
  • Quiz round 1 (19:30-20:00) and Quiz round 2 (20:00-20:30)
    Join a team or assemble your own and take part in the Build Quiz as part of an evening of live entertainment in the bar.  Test your knowledge on history, art, culture, politics, music and current affairs and win some thrilling prizes.  
  • Last orders at the bar! 20:30


To find out about disability support and adjustments for a range of support needs contact [email protected]
We may need 2-3 weeks to put these adjustments in place.

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]




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