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Evening Short Courses Starting in the next academic year 2018/19

Take One Idea

This course offers a varied and informative introduction to creative writing, suitable for beginners and/or those who would like to explore a variety of different literary forms.

The course gives you the opportunity to work with a single core idea of your own choosing and transform it into four very different pieces of writing. Starting with creative non-fiction and moving on through poetry, script writing and finally the short story, you will be guided through some of the theory behind each literary form before being encouraged to produce your own piece of writing in response. Each session will be divided into two parts: the first focussing on the key features of the four types of text before we put pen to paper and create a piece of writing from scratch using the techniques learned earlier in the session. Ideal for beginners, this class provides the information and encouragement needed to get started in creative writing or, for more experienced authors, it is a great opportunity to step outside creative comfort zones and try something new.

Tutor: Alison Daniell

Dates: 11th  October  - 15th November 2018

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Telling Tales

This course is an ideal follow-on course from Take One Idea, but is also suitable for anyone looking to get started or enhance their narrative writing skills.

The course gives you the opportunity to get to grips with some of the key building blocks for writing narrative fiction. Starting with setting and description, you will explore the topics of character, plot, point of view, voice and story-telling. You will be guided through some of the theory behind each subject before being encouraged to produce your own piece of work in response. Each session will be divided into two parts: the first focussing on the key features of the topic before you put pen to paper and create a written response from scratch using the techniques you have learned. Ideal for beginners, this course provides the information and encouragement you need to get started with narrative fiction or, for more experienced authors, it is a great opportunity to develop and expand your existing skill set

Tutor: Alison Daniell

Dates: Thursday 2nd May – Thursday 6th June 2019

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Reflective Art in Practice

This course examines the theory and practice behind a range of art movements with an illustrated lecture looking at context and incorporating group discussion. This is followed by a practical session in which techniques and ideas are sampled.

1) Abstracting Landscapes

We will look at the process of abstraction as illustrated by Kandinsky and Mondrian, examining the impact of these ideas on 20/21st Century art. Practical exercises will be undertaken in class using drawing materials, paint and collage with personal references as a starting point. By the end of the Unit you will be able to make experimental and resolved abstract landscape artwork, and expand your knowledge of this art movement.

2) Exploring the Still Life

This broad and highly personal genre was taken to new heights of experimentation by Picasso and Braque in the early 20th Century. We will look at the way artists have responded to still life subjects with a series of practical exercises using drawing materials, paint and collage, using chosen objects. By the end of the Unit you will be able to make experimental and resolved still life art, and expand your knowledge of this genre.

Term 3 Topic to be confirmed

Tutor: Abi Kremer

Dates:

Term 1           Tuesday 9th October – Tuesday 27th November 2018

                     Thursday 11th October – Thursday 29th November 2018

To book your place via the online store for the Tuesday course, click here. To book your place for the Thursday course, click here.

Term 2           Tuesday 15th January – Tuesday 5th March 2019

                     Thursday 17th January – Thursday 7th March 2019

 To book your place via the online store for the Tuesday course, click here. To book your place for the Thursday course, click here.

Term 3           Tuesday 30th April – Tuesday 18th June 2019

                     Thursday 2nd May– Thursday 20th June 2019

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Quantum Calamities and Solutions

What will happen to our computers as they are getting smaller and smaller? As we increase the integration density of integrated circuits in the contemporary “classical computer”, quantum effects start to prevail. Hence, the general rules of developing the classical computer will no longer be valid. On the other hand, the advances in quantum physics lead us to the alluring benefits of high performance quantum computing, also promising perfectly secure quantum communication.

This course provides you with a series of lessons in quantum technology, with special emphasis on quantum computation and communication. The course will put more emphasis on the application aspects of quantum information processing than on quantum physics. This course is designed for beginners having a minimal knowledge on quantum physics who are enthusiastic about quantum technology and its role in the future. At the end of the course, you will have an understanding why we must consider the “quantum” world and what benefits it provides for the advancement of humanity.

Tutor: Daryus Chandra

Dates: Thursday 11th October – Thursday 15th November 2018

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Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology

In this 6-week course, you will explore the art and archaeology of the ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilisations. The course will cover developments in ancient sculpture, architecture, pottery, wall paintings and other art forms alongside their social, economic and political contexts, from the earliest cultures in the Aegean through to the end of the Roman Empire.  In addition it will examine the materials and techniques used by ancient artists, interspersed with discussions of current issues in the scientific analysis and conservation of artworks and archaeological sites (Pompeii, for example).

Tutor: Diana Blumberg

Dates: Wednesday 31st October – Wednesday 5th December 2018

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Uncovering Pompeii

Life in Pompeii was brought to an abrupt end by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.  Buried and preserved by volcanic material for centuries, it was rediscovered in the 18th century and excavations have continued to take place there through to the present day.  In this module we will learn about Pompeii’s destruction and rediscovery, and what the excavations have revealed about the daily lives of its inhabitants. Examples of public and private buildings, wall paintings, mosaics and a variety of artefacts from Pompeii and neighbouring towns will be discussed to enhance our understanding of this ancient society.  We will end the module with a consideration of the most recent efforts to conserve and preserve this famous and unique archaeological site.

Tutor: Diana Blumberg

Dates: Wednesday 6th February – Wednesday 13th March 2019

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Damned, Deviant or Divine

Dammed, deviant, divine, dependent, dying, dangerous, fools, beggars, cripples. These are just some of the words associated with disability in the past.

This course provides a brief introductory exploration into the occurrence and experience of disability in the past. Using both historical and archaeological sources, with an emphasis on the British past, this 6 week course will introduce you to key themes associated with disability studies and explore changing attitudes and experiences of the disabled, from the Palaeolithic to the Post-Medieval period. There will be an opportunity to see osteological examples of palaeopathology from the University of Southampton archaeological department. 

Tutor: Stephanie Wright

Dates: Monday 8th October 2018 - Monday 12th November 2018

 

Introduction to Poetry Writing

In this six-week course, you will explore the craft of poetry. You will build a foundation of core skills, such as differentiating between the abstract and concrete, creating impact through line breaks, navigating sound devices, and employing figurative language. The course will conclude with strategies for getting published in literary journals. Classes will be based around the close study of sample poems, with discussion highlighting the techniques authors use to create certain impacts; exercises tailored to hone the strength of your writing through the application of key craft elements; and workshops, in which you’ll share in-progress poems with the group. The aim is for you to produce a short portfolio of revised poems. Prior creative writing experience is not required—the class is open to fledgling and seasoned writers, alike.

Tutor: Alice Stinetorf

Dates: Tuesday 16th October – Tuesday 20th November 2018

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Made to be Broken: Writing Experimental Fiction

To experiment, by nature, means to accept the possibility of failure—the hypothesis may not be upheld. When authors experiment, they break the ‘rules’ of fiction or otherwise defy our expectations of what a story can be, sometimes to quite remarkable effect. In this six-week course, you will explore the craft of experimental fiction. In guided discussions, you will apply a critical eye to stories that test the boundaries of structure, narration, and even reality, seeking to articulate how and why these pieces succeed or fail. For instance, can a story take the shape of an index or a recipe? When can a narrator’s unreliability become an asset? Can a story truly be told in under 100 words? Through tailored exercises, you will apply experimental techniques and aesthetics to your own writing, developing fresh ideas and crafting non-traditional scenes. Classes will be based around examination of sample stories; the completion of writing prompts and activities; and workshops, in which you’ll have the option to share in-progress fiction with the group. The aim is for you to produce one revised story or a small portfolio of flash fiction by the end of the course. While there are no prerequisites, this course may be of particular interest to those who have already taken ‘Fiction Essentials’.

Tutor: Alice Stinetorf

Dates: Monday 14th January – Monday 18th February 2019

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Introduction to Writing Fiction: Fiction Essentials

This course will focus on some of the most vital elements of fictional writing: character, place, story and point of view. How do you bring characters to life on the page?  How do you evoke a place?  How do you craft a gripping yet believable story? And what effect does an author’s choice of point of view have on each of these elements?  Classes will be based around discussion, looking at examples of published fiction with a view to finding effective techniques for developing these aspects of fiction; writing exercises aimed at strengthening your writing; and workshops, in which you’ll share your works-in-progress with the group. The aim is for you to work towards producing one or two pieces of short fiction or novel chapters.

Tutor: Jenn Shaller

Dates: Tuesday 16th October – Tuesday 20th November 2018

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Course Dates 2018/19    
Academic and Creative Courses (10 week courses) 8th October 2018 (Mon) - 13th December 2018 (Thur) 14th January 2019 (Mon) – 21st March 2019 (Thur) 29th April 2019 (Mon) – 4th July 2019 (Thur) 19.00 - 21.00
Academic and Creative Courses (8 week courses) 8th October 2018 (Mon) - 29th November 2018 (Thur) 14th January 2019 (Mon) – 7th March 2019 (Thur) 29th April 2019 (Mon) – 20th June 2019 (Thur) 19.00 - 21.00
Academic and Creative Courses (6 week courses) 8th October 2018 (Mon) - 15th November 2018 (Thur) 14th January 2019 (Mon) – 21st February 2019 (Thur) 29th April 2019 (Mon) – 6th June 2019 (Thur) 19.00 - 21.00

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