Contemporary Crafts Courses in London

Do you enjoy making things? Choose from a number of our contemporary craft courses in London such as calligraphy courses, basketry, bookbinding, jewellery making courses and ceramics and pottery courses that will allow you to explore your artistic creativity using a variety of different materials. 

Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

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  1. Calligraphy: gothic script

    Calligraphy: gothic script

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take the first step and start learning calligraphy. This short course will introduce you to the basics of calligraphy whilst getting to grips with the historic gothic script. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Flush setting for jewellery makers

    Flush setting for jewellery makers

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For intermediate jewellers, learn how to set round faceted stones in sheet metal and rings using the traditional flush setting technique. You will practice in copper, before moving on to work in silver. There will also be a chance to make your own flush setting tool.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  3. Calligraphy and decorated letterforms

    Calligraphy and decorated letterforms

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create decorative letterforms to use as individual pieces or incorporate into your calligraphy work. This course will not only show you how to design and draw illuminated letters, but will introduce you to some of the history behind this beautiful art form.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers

    Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover simple, effective techniques to bring metal jewellery alive through colour, texture and patterns. Practise dying, printing and using resists on anodised aluminium, with striking results you can replicate at home.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. Jewellery: etching project

    Jewellery: etching project

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to make jewellery with etched patterns of your own design? Come and explore the etching process applied to jewellery, using acids and different resist to create patterns, texture and surface decoration on metal. During this week-long course, you will have the opportunity to develop your own ideas and style through drawing research along with exploration of a range of etching techniques, encouraging you to apply them to your own jewellery designs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. City Lit ceramics diploma: two-year course

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Ceramics portfolio course

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Attending two days a week, you will develop your ceramic techniques and drawing skills to build a portfolio of 2D and 3D work. Focus on the development of your personal ideas within a structure of varied projects, which could lead onto study in further and higher education. Some materials are included.
    Full fee: £2,499.00
    Senior fee: £1,999.00
    Concession: £1,524.00

  11. City Lit basketry course

    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of basketry techniques: stake and strand, plaiting, twining and coiling, in materials such as willow, cane, rush and other, less traditional ones.

    On successful completion of this two-year course, following an exhibition of some of your work, you will receive a City Lit certificate in basketry. Suitable for beginners, though some craft experience is expected. Payment plans will be available.



    This course is will accept applications from January 2019. To register your interest for this course, please contact visualarts@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee: £2,999.00
    Senior fee: £2,399.00
    Concession: £1,829.00

  12. City Lit beginners jewellery workshop

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work independently on your own jewellery projects in our well equipped jewellery workshop. This is an opportunity for self-directed and untutored bench time, sharing the studio with the year long VV413 City Lit beginners jewellery course.
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £879.00
    Concession: £670.00

  13. City Lit beginners' jewellery

    City Lit beginners' jewellery

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to try making your own jewellery but not sure where to start? Delve into this intricate and rewarding craft with our year long structured beginner's course. Pick up the basics in everything from research and design to technical skills including soldering, annealing, etching and stone setting.
    Full fee: £1,499.00
    Senior fee: £1,199.00
    Concession: £914.00

  14. City Lit fine jewellery

    City Lit fine jewellery

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Finesse your jewellery design and making on this year long evening course. From idea to product, develop your design and technical skills from soldering to settings, discover your design identity, and approach professional practice and presentation with the guidance of expert tutors.
    Full fee: £1,149.00
    Senior fee: £1,149.00
    Concession: £701.00

  15. City Lit fine jewellery workshop

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work independently on your own jewellery projects in our well equipped jewellery workshop. This is an opportunity for self-directed and untutored bench time, sharing the studio with the year long VV414 City Lit fine jewellery course.
    Full fee: £629.00
    Senior fee: £629.00
    Concession: £384.00

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