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Developing Your Creative Practice

Course Description

This course is ideal for anyone with a developing creative practice in any area. We will cover a range of subjects that will support your development as a creative, including research idea development and meaningful reflection. As well as weekly classrooms sessions, you will also get a 1 hour one-on-one tutorial with a specialist in your area and a dedicated yearly exhibition.

You may also want to take one or more of the promoting creative practice courses to support your development.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This Developing course is designed for those who already have a creative practice. This may be from partaking in other specialist course or from personal independent arts practice. The course is designed to develop your creative skills to support and improve your practice in your specialist area.

Course Content

This course is ideal for anyone with a developing creative practice in any area. We will cover a range of subjects that will support your development as a creative, including research idea development and meaningful reflection. As well as weekly classrooms sessions, you will also get a 1 hour one-on-one tutorial with a specialist in your area and a dedicated yearly exhibition.

You may also want to take one or more of the promoting creative practice courses to support your development.

Course Content

This course takes the form of 5 sessions with 5 different tutors, each looking at a different element of creative practice. Each 5-week block will have a different subject theme you can choose to follow or you can use the activities to explore an area of your own interest. This theme will be decided nearer the time depending on exhibitions taking place.

Week 1 - Research: Drawing is recording information using materials
Week 2 - Research: Looking at other artists in your area
Week 3 - Sketchbooks, an artist’s friend
Week 4 - Iterations, using collage and photocopies to save time and effort in idea development
Week 5 - Reflection and evaluation
In term 3, the course runs for 10 weeks and there is the opportunity to produce work for a dedicated Creative Practice showcase exhibition in the Ruskin Gallery at WM College.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
1. Identify the use of drawing in research
2. Use drawing and sketch booking to collate research
3. Develop, review, and refine iterations of your ideas before committing to your chosen material or process
4. Utilise evaluation of research and idea development in your creative practice

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course will be a combination of demonstrations and practical activities. You will be working at your own pace and be given verbal feedback on your progress. If you have additional learning support needs, you will be signposted to support. At the end of the course, the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step. The tutor will usually introduce the subject to students as a group, and then work with students 1-1 to make sure people understand and learn at their own pace. Resources used within each lesson are available for students online. No work outside the sessions is required. However the college has an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and competitions throughout the year. Your tutor will make you aware of these and your participation is welcomed and encouraged. While there is no formal homework, there may be some activities between the two sessions that you can do to support the second session. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, or websites and books for you to use to enrich your study.

Assessment

There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor and in written form at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course, but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides all the basic materials and equipment you will need to complete the course. Your tutor will advise you where you can buy materials or equipment to extend your study, should you wish. The college also provides additional financial support through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF); however, eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the DLSF policy which can be found at the main reception.
CAMDEN
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Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
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