Look & Learn

If you want to add to your range of skills, or just have fun taking on a new challenge, UK universities and colleges have a wide range of options to choose from

Nottingham Trent
Offers a variety of creative short courses including Cut the Mustard – Design and Illustration through the medium of Laser Cutting, as well as building your own photography studio and experimental fine art printing in photography. Plus, in October, there will be a masterclass in the art of body casting for film, theatre and TV, from the artist who led the team on the Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Superman movies.
ntu.ac.uk/art/courses/creative _short_courses/index.html

Leeds Metropolitan University
Delivered via the Northern Technology Institute, Leeds Met has courses in Android and iOS, iPhone and iPad app development and a range of courses on Adobe software.
ntileeds.co.uk/training

University of Gloucestershire
Offers a range of short courses including creative photography, web design and project management.
glos.ac.uk/courses/shortcourses

University of Edinburgh
Runs a summer school with some courses starting in late July/August (so there’s still time to enroll) including Intaglio printmaking, paper engineering and colour darkroom photography.
course-bookings.lifelong.ed.ac.uk

Leeds College of Art
LCA has a range of creative short courses to choose from, including one on experimental drawing.
shop.leeds-art.ac.uk

Gray’s School of Art
Has a comprehensive array of evening and short courses including printmaking and kiltmaking (intermediate).
rgu.ac.uk

Duncan of Jordanstone/University of Dundee
Autumn programme includes An Introduction to Fiction Writing, a course on Japanese cinema and the intriguingly named Understanding Scottish Mountains.
dundee.ac.uk/conted

Glasgow School of Art
Under its Leisure Programmes strand, GSA offers painting classes, fine art photography, silversmithing and much more.
gsa.ac.uk/study/leisure-programmes

Falmouth University
Offers a Short Online Writing Course for those “whose job involves writing copy on a regular basis, eg blogs, newsletters or web content”.
falmouth.ac.uk/content/short-online-writing-courses

Plymouth College of Art
Has a wide range of evening and short courses including film, photography and graphics plus one-day workshops in calligraphy and laser cutting.
plymouthart.ac.uk

Southampton Solent University
Short courses include an Introduction to Creative Thinking and Green Screen Production.
solent.ac.uk/courses/2013/professional

Arts University Bournemouth
Has a great range of courses including contemporary feltmaking, digital sculpting, Android app design and development, 3D design and laser cutting for designers and an introduction to prosthetic make-up.
aub.ac.uk/all/extra/short-evening-courses/overview

Kingston University
Among a wide array of short courses, Kingston runs an Evening Art School including Action Sketching Outside and Digital Photography & Imaging. Summer workshops include bronze casting and sculpture, design with scents and stone and marble carving, as well as an introduction to graphic design.
fada.kingston.ac.uk/schools/shortcourses

University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury
Summer short courses include photography and extreme fashion.
ucreative.ac.uk/short-courses

Ravensbourne
Offers a huge choice of short courses including interactive media production, professional editing and post-production, pitching, transmedia storytelling, typography and graphics in the moving image and understanding IP.
rave.ac.uk/business/services/shortcourses

LCC
Wide choice including transmedia storytelling, creating live events, bookbinding for artists and designers and the essential How To Take Great Portraits With Your Phone.
lcc.arts.ac.uk/courses/shortcourses/findacourse/lcc-short-courses

Camberwell College of Arts
Wide array including alternative photographic printing, letterpress: physical typography and screenprinting.
camberwell.arts.ac.uk/shortcourses

Central St Martins
Short courses in most creative subjects including children’s book illustration, Form a Hot Creative Team for Advertising, and Music Artwork, Branding and Packaging.
csm.arts.ac.uk/shortcourses

Chelsea College of Art and Design
Has a big choice of short courses including comic book art, editorial design and portrait photography.
chelsea.arts.ac.uk/shortcourses

D&AD Workout
D&AD’s Workout programme has been running for ten years, offering a wide range of courses and workshops run by top creative professionals. Classes include The Art of Art Direction with Alexandra Taylor and The Truth About Branding from Michael Johnson from johnson banks.
dandad.org/learning/professional-development

This is just a selection of the many short courses and summer schools run by universities and art colleges in the UK. For details of courses in your area, check yur local college website.

 

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