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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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. City Lit ceramics diploma: two-year course

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Term 1 :12 Sept 2019 – 06 Dec 2019

    Term 2 : 09 Jan 2020 – 03 April 2020

    Term 3 :30 April 2020 – 03 July 2020

    Designed for people with previous experience in ceramics or other art related practice, this course encourages your development in a broad-based programme of ceramic study. You will have the opportunity to exhibit at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington and an external venue for your final exhibition. Please note, advertised fees and course dates are subject to change. Fees quoted are inclusive of two years of study. Payment plans will be available, details of which are to be confirmed.



    Interviews for this course will take place on the below dates:

    Thursday the 21st of March

    Friday the 29th of March

    Thursday the 4th of April

    Friday the 12th of April



    You will need to bring a portfolio of 2D and 3D/clay work alongside your sketchbooks. During the interview you will be asked write a short paragraph to demonstrate your writing skills and to show your understanding of the use of numbers.Once you have submitted an application for the course, you will be contacted by the department to arrange your interview slot.
    Full fee: £8,999.00
    Senior fee: £8,999.00
    Concession: £5,489.00

  3. City Lit basketry course: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 13 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For learners experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques, this is a new course to build develop your skills. You will be introduced to some new techniques and emphasis will be placed on self directed study and developing a personal portfolio of work. This course is suitable for those experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques and who have completed the City Lit basketry course or have equivalent skills. These will be discussed at a pre-enrolment interview.
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £799.00
    Concession: £609.00

  4. Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a pendant and silver ring in a weekend. During this action packed course, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to make simple jewellery in metal.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  5. Glazing your work

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who have attended our ceramics courses, this is an opportunity to return and glaze your fired work. Basic glazing techniques will be taught, with advice on which glazes to use.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  6. Try it out: jewellery making

    Try it out: jewellery making

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of jewellery.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Start drawing

    Start drawing

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  8. Try it out: drawing

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of drawing. Explore a selection of different drawing materials and try out innovative and experimental drawing exercises. The perfect way to start drawing.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Children's book illustration for beginners

    Children's book illustration for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief. Basic materials provided.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  10. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water-soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  11. City Lit ceramics

    City Lit ceramics

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of techniques including throwing, handbuilding, decoration and glazing. Ideal for beginners to pottery or for those with some experience.
    Full fee: £1,649.00
    Senior fee: £1,319.00
    Concession: £1,006.00

  12. Clay sculpture: life and portrait

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Rodin and learn how to capture the human figure, both physically and emotionally, on this fascinating practical sculpting course. You'll work from a life model to develop your own clay sculpture of the human form.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £231.00

  13. Inspired by plants and flowers: working with pastels

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. City Lit ceramics workshop

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Workshop in ceramics alongside students on VR710 City Lit ceramics.
    Full fee: £1,299.00
    Senior fee: £1,299.00
    Concession: £792.00

  15. Experience: sculpture

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience making artworks in 3D. This fun and practical course is ideal if you have always wanted to try sculpture, offering you a taste of basic sculpture techniques and principles. For complete beginners.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

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