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. Day and night: chasing the light

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want to improve your confidence in photographing at night? Join our fascinating workshop exploring locations in the city that change dramatically from daylight to darkness. Learn essential techniques to capture light effectively, go out on location in daylight then return later to shoot as natural light turns to artificial, creating beautifully atmospheric images.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £139.00

  3. Wikimedia commons - ujhar Singh Bundela Kneels in Submission to Shah Jahan, signed Bichitr, c. 1630, Chester Beatty Library

    Focus on: Mughal court fashion in the 16th and 17th centuries

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study the distinctive sartorial identity of court attire under the early Mughal emperors of India, and its development from a fusion of Central Asian, Iranian and Indian traditions in textiles and dress. #arthistory #weekendcourse #Mughal #MughalEmperors #courtfashion #Safaviddress.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Start painting

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £129.00

  5. SketchUp Pro for beginners

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: £309.00
    Concession: £309.00

  6. Digital video editing using Final Cut Pro X: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 18 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already have some editing experience but want to up your game? Take things to a more professional standard by mastering some of the more advanced features of the industry software Final Cut Pro X. Get to grips with screen-direction, advanced trimming techniques, effects, and basic colour correction, as well as working on your narrative skills, to create impressive portfolio pieces.

    See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our courses on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  7. Photographing people

    Photographing people

    Course Date: Mon 18 Feb 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    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: £209.00
    Concession: £209.00

  8. Art, space and place

    Course Date: Tue 19 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore concepts and theories of space and place in relation to historical and contemporary art and making, and engage in discussion and debate related to landscape, urban, site-specific and place-based creative arts.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Printmaking studio: all levels

    Course Date: Tue 19 Feb 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop personal work in intaglio and relief printmaking. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.
    Full fee: £369.00
    Senior fee: £295.00
    Concession: £225.00

  10. In depth: German art and the Weimar Republic 1918-1933

    Course Date: Wed 20 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on the vibrant culture of the Weimar Republic, this course considers the variety of German artistic movements which emerged between the two world wars.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Talks about photography

    Course Date: Wed 20 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    A series of six talks given by photographers, curators, a photographic publisher and academics about their career path, their work and the world of photography. Each talk will be followed by a discussion.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Wed 20 Feb 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee: £439.00
    Senior fee: £351.00
    Concession: £268.00

  13. Documentary photography

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Intrigued by documentary photography and the stories it can tell? Get immersed in this fascinating visual tradition, exploring its theory and history, the messages it can convey and the impact it can have. Learn about the technical choices involved, debate issues of truth and objectivity, then develop documentary skills yourself, working on short and longer-term projects leading to an exciting and varied portfolio.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  14. Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The bradel binding can be traced back to the eighteenth century and although it resembles a case binding, the techniques used to construct the book make it much more durable. This structure can be adapted for use with paper, cloth and leather. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Illustration: from pencil to pixel

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An experimental course challenging illustrators to work with a variety of ideas and materials. Create traditional works and transform them into exciting new forms using digital media. Suitable if you have some knowledge of drawing and basic computer skills.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

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