Art & design

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. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Some 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. Intermediate handbuilding
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Josie Warshaw
    Explore your personal creative ideas in clay, increase your making and decorating skills. Use a range of hand building techniques to develop your practical skills and expand your knowledge of ceramic materials.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  2. Ceramics as a canvas: traditional slip decoration and surface treatments in clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amy Hughes
    Develop new skills in traditional ceramic decorating - including how to interpret patterns, text and drawings on a clay surface using slip-techniques, agates and textures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  3. Introduction to ceramics
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alex Simpson
    Gain a basic understanding of hand-building,coiling, slabbing and decoration techniques. Explore your creative ideas whilst learning the exciting possibilities of working with clay. Enjoy a taster experience of throwing on the wheel in the final session.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £274.00
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  4. City Lit ceramics workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Workshop in ceramics alongside students on VR710 City Lit ceramics.



    The course is currently full but is taking applications for the waiting list .







    Term 1 12th September - 5th December



    Term 2 9th January - 27th March.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  5. City Lit ceramics
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jim Gladwin
    Learn a wide variety of techniques including throwing, handbuilding, decoration and glazing. Ideal for beginners to pottery or for those with some experience.







    Term 1 12th September - 5th December



    Term 2 9th January - 27th March.
    Full fee £1,799.00 Senior fee £1,439.00 Concession £1,169.00
  6. City Lit ceramics portfolio
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Cooper, Ruth Franklin
    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.







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    11th Jan - 29th March



    19th April - 12th July.
    Full fee £3,129.00 Senior fee £2,503.00 Concession £2,034.00
  7. Friday evening pottery
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 13 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Suitable for students who want to learn basic design, handbuilding, decoration and glazing techniques or for students who want to refresh or develop existing ceramics skills. Everyone will be encouraged to explore and experiment with different skills and techniques in a friendly and supportive environment.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
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  8. Experimental ceramics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 10 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A chance to use different clays with the addition of oxides, fluxing agents and natural combustible materials. Fuse found objects in the kiln, make biscuit slips and investigate the textural possibilities of glazes.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  9. Ceramics: throwing and assemblage
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carina Ciscato
    Build on your existing skills by exploring form and surface. Create functional or non-functional objects by throwing, cutting and later assembling different components. Intermediate level, requiring basic throwing skills.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £274.00
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  10. Intensive throwing week
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Matt Sherratt
    Develop your skills on the wheel. You will have your own wheel and the opportunity to use a variety of types of clay. The course is for experienced throwers and is ideal if you wish to develop your practice further. Intermediate level, throwing skills required.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £274.00
  11. Intensive throwing week: beginners and refreshers
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amelia Brokenbrow
    Learn how to throw mugs, bowls and lidded jars. Intermediate students can use this course to refresh their skills on the wheel. Tutor:.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £274.00
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  12. Pottery intermediate
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mimi Joung
    For those with previous experience who want to work towards personal goals. Throwing and hand-building processes will be taught alongside glazing and surface decoration.











    Term dates :



    Term 1 21st September - 7th December 2022



    Term 2 11th January - 29th March 2023



    Term 3 19th April - 05th July 2023.
    Full fee £1,329.00 Senior fee £1,063.00 Concession £864.00
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