Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

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

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

Get in touch on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm. 

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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 with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Mindfulness and creativity workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  3. Contemporary art in London summer exhibitions

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and discuss practices and themes within contemporary art, in relation London's newest and most exciting summer art exhibitions. This course runs entirely online, but will make reference to exhibitions taking place across the capital which you have the option to visit independently between classes should you wish.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Art and design portfolio summer school

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Gain practical experience and taste the range of disciplines within art and design, including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, graphics, illustration, and 3D design. This face paced summer course is ideal for beginners and experienced students preparing a body of diverse personal work and ideal for portfolio preparation for an art foundation course here at City Lit or beyond.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £258.00

  5. Strengthen your drawing: six projects in six days

    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This lively, intensive course will push your drawing to the next level as you use a range of lateral strategies to develop personal approaches to the subject. This course is about purposeful play and enquiry.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Experimental self portraits

    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Try it out: knotting and stringing for beads and pearls

    Try it out: knotting and stringing for beads and pearls

    Course Date: Thu 13 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string precious beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  8. Professional practice: get your artwork out there

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This short workshop looks at how to go about getting your work to an audience. Students will bring some examples of their recent work – digital or in its physical form, for discussion for the purposes of writing a personal statement and seeking exhibiton opportunities. We will discuss your work in the context of contemporary art, look at applying for competitions, open exhibitions and residencies, networking, social media, finding exhibition spaces and marketing your work. This course will give you tips, know-how and confidence.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Understanding the portrait

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the time tested and proven approach to successfully drawing portraits using a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  10. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £649.00
    Senior fee: £649.00
    Concession: £396.00

  11. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 8 Sep 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 will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  12. Try it out: Adobe InDesign

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In this fun practical session you will learn how you can use InDesign for your publishing or marketing needs and have enjoy creating a publicity document with text and Image.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  13. Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a pendant and silver ring in a weekend. During this action packed course, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to make simple jewellery in metal.

    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: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  14. Glazing your work

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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

  15. Art history taster

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Wonder what's involved in online learning at City Lit? Try this taster session!

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

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