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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. 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.

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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Sketchbook: creating visual journeys
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Create a 'visual journey' of discovery through an experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media to produce a collection of work or personal ideas for further development. Suitable for all, including those with basic drawing 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  2. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Jun 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.



    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 £91.00
  4. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 8 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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  5. Contemporary printmaking studio
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.



    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 £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £451.00
  6. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy 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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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  7. The influence of Japan on Western art in the 19th century
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Explore how 19th century European artists from the Impressionists to Art Nouveau were freed from the conventions of their cultural and artistic restraints by the motifs and philosophy of Japanese art.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. Manuscripts and illumination
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the techniques and styles used in producing manuscripts, from their earliest appearance to the 16th century. We'll consider the ways in which manuscripts were used and ask why such lavish attention was paid to them.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  9. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Nov 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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 live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy 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 £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £274.00
  10. Developing exhibition and event proposals
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This professional practice module, delivered by the former Head of City Lit's longstanding and prestigious Fine Art course, takes you through the steps of working with a gallery to put on an exhibition, from first proposals through to installation and opening. While questions of curatorial perspectives and agendas are important, and will be considered, alongside the 'fit' of your work and your exhibition proposal to the venue and their audience, the main focus of the workshop is the practical and pragmatic aspects of working with galleries to organise and present exhibitions of your own work, or that of your group. Within the broad framework of the ‘conventional’ gallery system, discussion will cover developing your proposal, or identifying opportunities for exhibition, negotiating with galleries, building support, programming activities, generating interest and promotion. Although not the major focus of this workshop, the tie-in exhibition website and afterlife online will also be considered.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  11. City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate textile structures and surfaces through this project based course. Develop an experimental portfolio of 2 and 3D stitched samples, sketchbook research and aim towards a finished piece.



    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  12. DSLR for video: shoot and edit
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot and edit professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera; get expert guidance on the whole process and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  13. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
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  14. Get skills in: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.



    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 £91.00
  15. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Aug 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.



    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

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