Art & Design Courses - Online & in London

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions. There's a reason we’ve been rated 'Outstanding'.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Save on selected visual arts progression courses. Get up to 15% off with our bundle offers. Find out more.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift

    Help your friends and family achieve their New Year's resolutions in 2021! Our City Lit Gift Vouchers are perfect for anyone who wants to learn something new this year. Available from just £10 and can be used to book a place on any of our online courses including art, languages, dance classes, poetry, and much more.
    From: £10.00

  2. Preparing for art college: a practical guide

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Build a wide-ranging portfolio of artwork either to boost your artistic growth or in support of an application to an art college course such as a foundation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  3. The artist's statement

    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Building on the ability to reflect on one’s own practice, and the identification of interests, themes and relevant contexts, this professional practice module is designed to help visual arts practitioners to develop the ability to talk or write about their own work in coherent ways, and to articulate their intention, meaning or reflection in declarative or discursive statements. All artists are required to make statements at certain times, whether for exhibition, application for funding or study. In this session, we examine and discuss approaches to constructing a statement, based on specific requirements, and how to write or speak about one's work in terms of target audience, level of knowledge, and the length and depth required to articulate what work means and how it relates to ideas, themes and contexts. Although open to anyone on a standalone basis, this workshop will be of particular value to those who have completed 'Reflecting on practice' (VPP410).

    For this workshop, please select an image that you feel illustrates your 'subject'. This needn't necessarily be heavy on content, or meaning, you should just be able to make a connection between the work, and what you intend it to communicate.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  4. Typography workshop: designing and working with type

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Unlock your creativity and kick start an experimental approach to producing your own exciting design solutions.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  5. Designing textiles using Photoshop II

    Designing textiles using Photoshop II

    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Learn Photoshop and design techniques in order to develop your textile design work. Expand your artwork creatively to build of portfolio of ideas while developing a collection of designs and prints.



    You will need access to the most recent version of Adobe Photoshop, if you require use of a licence please contact Visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £165.00

  6. Photographing people

    Photographing people

    Course Date: Fri 29 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Gain confidence in photographing people. Learn about different aspects of portraiture, from posing to informal portraits and approaching strangers. Put your skills to practice in weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  7. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation

    Course Date: Mon 1 Feb 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. You will be guiding your mind to settle and to look with care at the world around us and our inner experience. Whether you want to do something nourishing before you go to work or are setting up for a day of creative activity, the practices of drawing and mindfulness will bring a positive start to each morning, helping you begin the days with fresh eyes and mind. Suitable for all levels.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  8. Develop a photography project: online

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Working on a photography project but need some direction on it? Got ideas but don't even know where to begin? Join an expert working photographer to guide you through the development of a photographic project, from initial research, to presentation, to marketing your work. Improve your photographic technique and confidence, and produce a professional-looking project to be proud of.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  9. How to draw: structure and markmaking in drawing

    Course Date: Mon 1 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop the key drawing concepts line tone proportion composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  10. Retouching tips and tricks: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Affinity

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This brand new online workshop will show you everything you need to know in how best to make your photographs really stand out from the crowd. Focusing on specific retouching tips and tricks from industry professionals, your photographs and images will truly become gallery worthy. Bringing together the best tools and techniques in a combination of using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Affinity.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  11. Collage online workshop: colour and shape

    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This short online contemporary collage course will explore the possibilities of working with collage and mixed media – from creating simple, striking forms through to more experimental pieces that combine materials and techniques. Discover how collage has inspired a number of artists and how you to make it work exciting and dynamic work for you and others.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £55.00

  12. Digital skills for artists and designers, adobe creative cloud photoshop, indesign illustrtator

    Digital skills for artists and designers 01

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Digital skills for artists and designers is for aspiring artists and designers who want to ensure they can use the digital softwares that are currently used in design practises to support their personal development and growth. We will cover the core Adobe creative software programs, such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, and show you how to get the most out of digital technologies for your own individual success.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  13. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 3 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  14. Michael Harding

    Essential business skills for photography and photographers

    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  15. Freehand machine embroidery

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your freehand machine embroidery techniques focusing on working on lacy surfaces on water soluble fabrics and patchwork on this online course. Create lace patches and fillings for embellishment. Learn about continuous patterns and lace techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £115.00

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