Art & design foundation & portfolio preparation

Essential for anyone wanting to apply to art school, university or enrich their own practice of art and design. Our foundation, fine art and portfolio preparation courses offer you the opportunity to explore and discover your own potential as an artist.

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

The tutors on our courses will focus on your development as an individual, whatever your background or age. The courses run part-time and are popular with working adults or those returning to education. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

  1. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable. This exciting, one-day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.

    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

  2. Foundation diploma in art and design: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is now full for the 20-21 academic year. We will continue to accept applications for the waiting list, and for early interview for the 21-22 academic year. .

    The course fee is £5421, plus an upfront fee of £100 payable at the time of your enrolment. If you are unable to pay the course fees, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee, repayable after the course ends. A deposit of £200 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

    For more information, please call Art and design (pre 1920) on 020 7492 2700/2703.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £5,521.00
    Senior fee: £5,521.00
    Concession: £5,521.00

  3. Art and design portfolio projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and design projects in drawing, painting, model making and mixed media to confidently develop your personal ideas. Investigate ways of recording ideas and imagery through experimental sketchbooks and other formats to build a diverse portfolio of creative work.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £219.00

  4. Mixed media and drawing projects

    Mixed media and drawing projects

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will introduce you to a wide range of exciting and stimulating creative projects, exploring mixed media, collage, drawing and printing, and engaging with different techniques, materials and concepts to develop a broad portfolio of personal creative work.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £1,339.00
    Senior fee: £1,071.00
    Concession: £817.00

  5. Niki de Saint Phalle,"Nanas"in the Leibnizufer, Hanover, Germany - part of Hanover's sculpture walk - Wikimedia Commons

    Women in modern and contemporary art

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present, looking at the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. Foundation diploma in art and design: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 5 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This exciting course is a chance to develop key creative skills and approaches to art and design in 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies. It is intended to provide an introduction to individual and group studio practice in the studio context, in praparation for progression to deeper study, and the learning of more advanced technical and conceptual skills, on stage 2 of the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, accredited by University of the Arts London. Successful completion of this course guarantees acceptance onto Stage 2. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.00 - 17.00) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (18:00 - 20:30) on Wednesday evenings.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £749.00
    Senior fee: £599.00
    Concession: £225.00

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