Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

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Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

Get in touch on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Thu 25 Apr 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  3. Travel photography

    Travel photography

    Course Date: Thu 25 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want an impressive holiday album rather than the usual random snaps? Learn how to take striking travel photographs, from capturing that perfect sunset or dramatic vista, to close up portraits of the people you encounter. Get to grips with technique and visual composition in different settings, experiment with professional equipment and consider the ethical and legal issues of photographing abroad.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  4. Setting up a photography business

    Setting up a photography business

    Course Date: Sun 28 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Thinking of setting yourself up as a professional photographer? Get expert guidance on your first steps into the commercial world and develop essential business skills, from planning and basic book-keeping to the most lucrative areas of photography and the best professional accreditations.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Foundation diploma in art and design: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will be required to attend for three days per week (10.30 - 16.30). The days of the week you attend will vary according to your choice of specialist subjects. Please contact us for additional information.

    The course fee is £5521, inclusive of an upfront material fee of £100.

    If you’re unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the cost, repayable after the course ends.

    If you choose to apply for a Loan, an amount of £300 is payable on enrolment, this includes a deposit of £200 secure your place (refundable after you complete the course) and the material fee of £100.

    You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

    Full fee: £5,521.00
    Senior fee: £5,521.00
    Concession: £5,521.00

  6. Evening photography walks in London

    Evening photography walks in London

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    See familiar London sights differently and develop your skills in night and low-light-level photography by exploring the city with your camera on a series of fascinating evening photo walks. Join an expert photographer on routes around five different areas - The City, Theatreland, River Thames and Green Park, and Statues and Squares in the West End - using each walk to focus on a different photographic technique, with professional-looking results.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Portraits 2

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  8. Lithography: all levels

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This most painterly of printmaking processes depends on the delicate balance between grease and water. Learn how marks and brush strokes drawn and painted on the printing plate can be faithfully reproduced to create bold or subtle prints.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Expressionist life painting

    Expressionist life painting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from a life model. Having multiple weeks to rework compositions, discover strategies to express energy and retain interest in the experience of sustained observation.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  10. Animating in 2D in Photoshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to produce exciting 2D animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Photoshop CC.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the world of artists’ books and create your own one-off or small edition. Combine text, image and bookbinding to bring your interests to life; this course will help you develop your ideas through the structure of the book.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one term course is designed to help students to develop their bookbinding skills. You will already have some experience of binding techniques and some knowledge of tools, materials and equipment in order to benefit from this workshop-style class. There will be the opportunity to work on your own projects, or to practice skills in which you feel less confident in order to enable you to progress to higher level courses.

    Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. Ways into abstract painting

    Ways into abstract painting

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  14. Designing textiles using Photoshop: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create patterns and designs for printed textiles which may then be printed onto cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photshop who are textile artsits or designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  15. SketchUp Pro for beginners

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms with this easy-to-use and intuitive program. It is a perfect addition to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

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