Art & Design Courses 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. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.

    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  2. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal for beginners and improvers. Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression.

    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

  3. Try it out: graphic design

    Try it out: graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're interested in Graphic Design but don't know which course best suits your interests and ambitions, this one-session taster course will help you find out which longer graphic design course is right for you.

    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: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore basic graphic design and illustration techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator with the opportunity to draw and design on paper and execute in Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pen tools, colour, gradients and 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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  5. Experimental self portraits

    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This energising new course includes practical experimental approaches to drawing portraits alongside an introduction to how artists have historically used the self-portrait and the contextual influences behind works by contemporary artists.

    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

  6. Editing workshop stage 1: Final Cut Pro X

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to edit video like a professional? Get to grips with the industry software Final Cut Pro X, learning the basic principles and technical skills of editing movie footage. Discover the conventions of professional editing, explore how to construct a narrative, and try your hand at basic cutting techniques to produce seamless videos on your own computer.

    See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our courses on our Vimeo site

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    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: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Experimental animation

    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the exciting innovative work of internationally renowned artists and enjoy exploring the potential of experimental animation to develop your personal vision and fine art practice. On this practical course you will create your own short experimental animated film using a range of hands on stop motion and digital techniques.

    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  8. Introduction to children's book illustration

    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £243.00

  9. Talk and Draw

    New
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Lose yourself for an hour with an artist and lecturer from The National Gallery to explore one painting in two different ways. First, listen to a brief talk, then respond by making your own work in this short, artist-led drawing session. This will be a fun and experimental session, no experience necessary.

    Please have to hand a sharp pencil, paper and rubber.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  10. Contemporary practice: personal project

    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Develop your creativity and a body of contemporary art work at an advanced level through the experimental exploration of a personal project. The course is facilitated by practising artists, theorists and curators, who will support you through guided critical and creative research, experimental workshops, critical studies, studio practice and one-to-one tutorials.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £1,949.00
    Senior fee: £1,559.00
    Concession: £1,189.00

  11. Metal sculpture all levels

    Metal sculpture all levels

    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. This course is for beginners and those with some prior experience.

    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  12. A short introduction to storyboarding and animatics for animators and filmmakers

    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Storyboards and animatics (movie versions of your storyboard) are crucial for planning and communicating your film or animation projects to clients, funders or collaborators. Learn how to create an effective storyboard representing different camera shots, framing and movement and transform it into an engaging animatic.

    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  13. Sewn Antidote: make a circular patch

    New
    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This two-session workshop will begin with a discussion about the inspiration behind the quilt Sewn Antidote (a collaborative quilt that documents peoples responses to being in isolation and the Covid-19 pandemic). You will design your own small circular patch on the theme of recovery, and will be guided through the process of making the piece, using simple stitches and appliqué.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. Looking at paintings

    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Look at masterpieces in major London galleries in this introduction to European painting. Explore different painting techniques and genres (landscape, portrait and history painting) for a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of Western art.

    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: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  15. Introduction to clothes making

    Introduction to clothes making

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 7 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use a sewing machine and develop sewing techniques and processes. Begin with sampling leading to the construction of a basic sample garment.

    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: £248.00
    Senior fee: £248.00
    Concession: £151.00

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