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. There's a reason we’ve been rated 'Outstanding'.

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. 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 this Christmas. Gift vouchers are available from just £10 and can be used to book a place on any of our online and London-based courses including art, languages, dance classes, poetry, and much more.
    From: £10.00

  2. Glazing your work

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020
    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.

    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  3. Could You Please Fuck Off, by Rolina Blok

    City Lit advanced print and media

    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    (click here to see an exhibition of work by students on the course )



    This advanced course explores the creative potential within combined digital and print media. It is designed to allow printmakers and digital artists to develop interdisciplinary thinking and practice across both traditional and contemporary forms, at advanced practical and conceptual levels.

    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: £2,049.00
    Senior fee: £1,639.00
    Concession: £1,250.00

  4. A-Z typography in graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Typography is the keystone of good graphic design. On this online course you will develop an appreciation of typography and learn how to use the professional software Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator to effectively create and manipulate type.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo

    Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the ancient Korean art of ‘Keum Boo’, often called ‘gold overlay’. Learn how to add decorative gold accents to silver jewellery. Ideal for beginners and experienced jewellers alike.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  6. Start painting

    Start painting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start painting.

    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Watercolour 2

    Watercolour 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is ideal for those who have already explored the basic techniques of watercolour and would like to develop their skills further, ideally a follow on from Watercolour 1.

    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  8. Japanese woodcut printmaking

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 29 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Japanese Woodcut spread over three full days. The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  9. Preparing digital images for printmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The world of traditional printmaking is increasingly dominated by digital technology. Screenprinting, photo-etching, polymer gravure and relief, and photo litho all require imagery that has been generated using digital image manipulation software. This course has been developed to provide an introduction to the PhotoShop techniques required in order to prepare imagery for these printmaking processes.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Image - Harry Evans

    Night photography

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    An introductory course to night photography in the City. Starting from Lloyds of London, we will photograph the buildings in this area including the Cheese Grater and the Gherkin. The following week we discuss the images and then photograph Tower Bridge. Image - Harry Evans .

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation

    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. You will be guiding your mind to settle and to look with care at the world around us and our inner experience. Whether you want to do something nourishing before you go to work or are setting up for a day of creative activity, the practices of drawing and mindfulness will bring a positive start to each morning, helping you begin the days with fresh eyes and mind. Suitable for all levels.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  12. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation single session

    Course Date: Mon 30 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how the two disciplines complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 1 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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 Adobe Creative Cloud course,covering Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and

    design.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £549.00
    Senior fee: £549.00
    Concession: £275.00

  14. Introduction to fashion styling

    Introduction to fashion styling

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is a fashion stylist? What does a fashion stylist do? This short online course will introduce you to role of a fashion stylist and cover practical exercises to try on a client or your own wardrobe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. A short introduction to free editing software

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    You don’t have to spend money to get editing. This is a short introduction to video editing using DaVinci Resolve, a free but highly professional editing package comparable to Final Cut X, Avid and Premiere Pro.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £40.00

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