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.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Feb 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  2. Developing watercolour painting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    Explore the specific qualities of watercolour and the opportunities this adaptable medium offers to create dynamic painting compositions. Develop a fluency with brush work and layering of colour to develop compositional possibilities.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  3. London street photography
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Mar 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Wish you could capture those spontaneous moments of urban life like a pro? Learn the tricks of the skilful trade of street photography and build your confidence in snapping candid, unobtrusive photographs on the street, shooting in some of the most dynamic and vibrant areas of London to tell powerful stories in single images.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  4. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  5. Try it out: garden design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. You will complete a short exercise and experience our design studio. This course links directs to ‘Roof terrace and balcony design and planting’, code VF345.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  6. Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  7. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Sara Epstein
    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00
  8. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  9. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    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.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £357.00
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