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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.

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

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. Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how architects and designers in the interwar period reacted to both cultural and societal change. Explore the experimental world of architecture and design in the art deco and Bauhaus period.

    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 £79.00
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  2. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography: part 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Part 2 of our Adobe Lightroom Classic online workshop will help move your photography and creative practice into a real professional level. Building off of part 1, you will learn to use Lightroom Classic’s advanced image developing and correction features to refine elements within your photographs and images. Discover how to create your own personal pre-sets to speed up your work and optimise your input and output.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  3. Beginners photography
    Course Date:  Wed 19 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the basics of photography to improve your photographs and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, light and taking pictures in different environments. This course is perfect for complete beginners or for learning new skills. Please take this course before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    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
  4. Portrait studies from life
    Course Date:  Wed 26 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable for beginners. This online course will introduce methods of drawing to represent portraits from life, developing proportions, structure, viewpoint, tone, and gesture, also referencing artists as examples to support these approaches in different ways.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £85.00
  5. Change must come: art, politics and society
    Course Date:  Wed 26 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy an exploration of art history, drawing on specific politically and socially significant periods, artists and works. We will conclude with an engagement with contemporary art and politics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  6. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  7. Spanish art in the shadow of Franco (1936-2000)
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the development of Spanish art from Picasso’s 1937 'Guernica' to the installations of Juan Muñoz in the 1980s and 1990s. We will focus on key episodes highlighting General Franco’s impact on Spanish art 1936-2000.

    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 £129.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. Art and critical theory: feminism, post-colonialism and the death of the artist
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the role of critical theory within the field of art history, and learn new ways of thinking about art by focusing on feminism, post-colonial theory and the notion of the death of the author.

    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 £129.00 Concession £79.00
  9. From inspiration to action: how to turn a creative idea into a project
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Turn that blue-sky thinking from a dream into reality. On this workshop, in a small group of other, similarly inspired individuals, we will show you how to take your moment of inspiration, however modest or grand, and make it happen. In one day, you will learn how to examine your idea to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and identify the various ways it can be expanded, attract partners, and engage with people and funding. Starting from the most basic questions (what is it, why do you want to do it, how can you communicate it easily…?), through examination of case studies, and of our own ideas, we will progress through practical, technical and budget considerations, using the framework of a simple project plan, to bring them to the point where you will be ready to plunge in!

    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
  10. Presenting and exhibiting: the exhibition website
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    While an exhibition has a finite lifespan, this is not true of accompanying publications. The exhibition tie-in website can be said to have taken the place of the exhibition catalogue (or book, in the case of major venues), and for smaller galleries or individuals/collectives an exhibition website can provide opportunities for much wider exposure, globally and without time limits. Not only that, but, as recent times have demonstrated more clearly than ever before, when galleries and museums have been forced to engage more extensively (and perhaps meaningfully) with the public via their online platform and presence, a well-conceived and delivered website can augment (or even replace) the physical show in several important ways: accessibility, interactivity, research, forums, feedback, evolution over time…



    This workshop looks at how to maximise interest in conventional exhibitions through tie-in websites and social media links, and how the website can be structured to provide continuity and afterlife, which can be particularly relevant to practitioners engaged in research or community participation. It also considers how, beyond simply documenting the exhibition, a well planned and structured website can be the locus for on-going access and legacy activities. It will consider sites of different scope and scale, from small websites for a solo show to group sites, or sites that connect to a commercial gallery or institution’s own website, and the website as a location for sales.



    Please note that while aspects such as the structure of information and the design of a site will be covered, this workshop is not intended as website design or software training. Its focus is on helping participants to understand the capabilities of the website as a tool for creative professionals engaged in public dissemination of their practice.

    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
  11. Typography workshop: designing and working with type
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Typography is the keystone of good graphic design and can be used in a wide range of approaches to influence your artwork and design intentions. Designing and working with type will offer a practical opportunity to develop an in-depth appreciation of typography, learning its history, how type has been used in industry and in referecne to many world infleuntial deisgners. Learn how to effectively create, manipulate type, layout and embed type within your design work using the professional industry software Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator.

    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
  12. Develop your animation with Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether your interest is animated SFX, Motion graphics or character animation, this advanced fast paced After Effects course will move your work to a more professional level.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  13. The artist's website
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The online space presents creative practitioners with a wealth of opportunities, from a simple portfolio-based website, which presents ‘conventional’ creative practices in traditional media, right the way through to a site (or series of sites) functioning as an immersive and interactive artwork in its own right. The artist’s website also offers possibilities for public engagement, interaction and collaboration, serving as a vehicle for exchange of ideas, practices and knowledge. This can be of great value to artists whose activities include collaborative practice, formal research or community engagement.



    This workshop looks at the range of possible forms and formats for artists’ websites, from a simple archive right through to the website that is itself a work of art. Participants will consider, through comparative analysis and discussion: the relationship between virtual and physical spaces as ‘locations’ for creative practice; the website as a vehicle for delivery of non-physically instantiated works of art; episodic or modular/non-linear narrative formats; the work of art as an adaptive, iterative or developmental process; the website as a space for creative play and collaboration with the audience or peers. Beyond this, and depending on the interests of participants, the session may consider opportunities for creative exploration presented by game engines/environments, MMORPGs, virtual encounters and online communities or virtual/augmented realities. Whatever your level of Interest or expertise, this workshop is a survey of the vast range of possibilities, as well as a platform to exchange speculative ideas and discuss creative possibilities.



    Please note: this workshop is about websites or online platforms as sites for creative exploration and practice. It is not a website design or software training workshop.

    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
  14. Collage for textile design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Translate visual inspiration and develop innovative ideas for textile design using paper collage techniques. Explore abstract and representational design, pattern, scale, texture and colour with a myriad of layered, cut, folded, and manipulated papers.

    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 £60.00
  15. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 2 intensive
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your Animate CC skills further to create professional character animations on this stage 2 course. Learn how to use a virtual camera and apply layer depth to enhance your scene and how to parent layers, use the bone tool and auto lip synch to make your characters come to life. You will be expected to have completed the Animation with Adobe Animate stage 1 course or have experience in using the drawing tools, tweening, symbols and importing sound.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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