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 or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.


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  1. City Lit fine binding
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kathy Abbott
    A unique, higher level course enabling you to make a full leather binding with a strong creative element. Learn specialist techniques such as: leather-jointed endpapers, guarding, edge gilding/decoration, tool sharpening, hand paring, covering, inlays/onlays and doublures. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £1,379.00 Senior fee £1,103.00 Concession £896.00
  2. Contemporary practice: personal project
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Ian Tucknott
    On this course you will develop your creativity, your personal artistic understanding, 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 and theorists, who will support you through guided critical and creative research, experimental workshops, critical studies, studio practice and tutorials.

    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,469.00
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  3. Advanced children's book illustration: professional practice
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Zehra Hicks, Dee Shulman
    Interested in a career in Children’s Book Illustration, or advancing your practice to the next level? With the guidance and support of your tutors, you will have the opportunity to engage with experienced industry professionals, and develop your practice and personal visual vocabulary to a professional standard.

    Confirmed visitors/speakers include:

    - Annie Eaton, former editorial director, Random House Penguin

    - Margaret Hope, art director, Welbeck Publishing Group

    - Arabella Stein, Managing Director, Bright Agency.
    Full fee £2,399.00 Senior fee £1,919.00 Concession £1,679.00
  4. City Lit animation
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths, John Horabin, Litza Jansz
    Passionate about animation? Fancy spending a year building skills in traditional and digital animation techniques and producing your own animation project? Taught by professional animators, this exciting fast-track practical course gives you the opportunity to explore both commercial and experimental approaches to animation using professional equipment and software. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some animation experience you can join our award winning alumni.

    A fantastic start to a new career or simply a chance to pursue your passion with like-minded people.
    Full fee £2,169.00 Senior fee £1,735.00 Concession £1,410.00

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