Art History

Are you interested in art history and how to interpret art? Then why not browse our range of art history courses and choose from introductory courses, or explore further into practices, debates and discover the work of some of the greatest artists of all time. Daytime, evening and weekend classes are available at our main learning centre in London's cultural heart - Covent Garden.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

Contact us to find out more about art history - call 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm or email visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. Flash photography with speedlight
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Dec 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    Lighten things up: join this practical course to learn the basics of using portable flash (speedlights) to enhance your images. Experiment creatively indoors and outdoors with different flash techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  2. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00
  3. Photography, space and architecture
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Capture the architecture of London, from ancient churches to modern buildings in this introduction to architectural photography. Learn about the history and development of this specialist genre then venture onto the streets and spaces of London to put your theory into practice, identifying architectural styles and experimenting with different lenses, composition, processing and editing.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  4. Fine art photography: restaging paintings
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Learn key skills in how to apply simple lighting techniques that create evocative and dramatic fine art photographs of people and still life inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio and the Dutch masters from the 17th and 18th century. Combine art and photography with this workshop that focuses on the re-staging of iconic paintings in photographic form.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  5. Portraits and people photography
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Jan 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lorenzo Berni
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  6. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Sara Epstein
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  7. Introduction to photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Discover the basics of photography to improve your photographs and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, light and taking pictures in different environments. This course is perfect for complete beginners or for learning new skills. Please take this course before enrolling on our intermediate courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
  8. Creative image editing with Photoshop and Lightroom
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Jan 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn how to use and apply the key features of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to develop your image editing skills.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  9. City Lit photography course
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth, Matthew Ward
    Delve deep into the world of photography, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.







    The City Lit photography course offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. You will get to grips with your camera, explore different photographic techniques and gain new skills using industry equipment and software. Working through a series of creative projects you will start developing your own ideas and finish the course with an extensive portfolio of photographic work.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
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  10. Pinhole photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Scott Perry
    Discover exciting experimental ways of producing photographic images without a camera - build your own pinhole camera, create blue-tinted prints with sunlight, and make prints from objects like the artist Man Ray.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  11. Photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Feb 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Matthew Ward
    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  12. Commercial photography: masterclass workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Looking to work professionally as a photographer? Pick up key skills you will need on this practical course from camera systems, lighting solutions, paperwork and software workflow.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  13. Photography studio assistant course
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Feb 2024

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    This is a course for students looking to take their first steps into commercial photography. This is a practical workshop-based course that will enable you to work with photographic studio equipment and software appropriate to a commercial photography workflow.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  14. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  15. Fashion and editorial photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Feb 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This course will help you to develop your skills in editorial fashion photography.



    The course is project driven and will take you from the creation of a basic story board through to a photo shoot. By the end of the course you will understand the workflow, the tools and thinking / planning required to run a successful shoot for yourself. The course also provides advice on getting material published.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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