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Working as an Artist Short Course

Course description

This course will invite you to explore the possibilities and potential of what the artist’s studio can be, where art can be made and how art can be produced without a traditional studio space.

The course will help students to explore how artworks can be made in a variety of situations, at home, in the gallery/museum, or, out in the world. Through a combination of discussion sessions, gallery visits and practical exercises, you will explore concept generation, material sourcing, responding to site-specific briefs, dealing with change and evaluating your practice. These exercises will help you construct a toolkit of techniques and devices to assist you in your future endeavours as an artist, student or practitioner.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for artists who have left art college/university/work and are interested in the practicalities of being an artist, and artists who are interested in exploring the possibilities of making work in a variety of locations, Artists working without a dedicated ‘studio space’, or, those who are navigating how to maintain an art practice alongside a full-time job or other commitments. This is an intermediate level course where students will benefit from prior experience, but beginners are welcome who are interested in learning how to start and maintain an art practice, and how to generate ideas and realise projects using the resources available to them.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:

  • Have learnt to use immediately available materials to generate artworks and ideas for future conceptual projects
  • Evaluated the traditional studio setting and discovered what or where the studio could be for their individual situation/practice.
  • Have experimented with concept generation techniques in relation to responding to site-specific briefs and thinking through making.
  • Have explored how to use galleries and museums as a resource for making artworks.
  • Developed techniques to navigate change in their practice
  • Evaluated their practice with their own vocabulary and in relation to Contemporary Art discourse.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that’s crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to complement your cv.

Available dates

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Topics to be covered:

  • Contemporary art
  • Research
  • Concept generation
  • Sourcing materials/managing resources
  • What/where is the studio?
  • How to talk about your work


In order to get the most out of this course you should bring the following materials to your first session:

  • Smartphone/camera (if possible)
  • Laptop/tablet (if possible)
  • Collage materials (newspapers/magazines/photographs/images of interest)
  • Sketchbook / notebook
  • Pens/pencils
Meet the Tutor:

This course will invite you to explore the possibilities and potential of what the artist’s studio can be, where art can be made and how art can be produced without a traditional studio space.

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