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.

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  1. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  2. City Lit fine binding higher level: vellum
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to make a stiff-boarded binding in full vellum. Practise ‘pulling’ (disbinding) a book, preparing it for rebinding, making endpapers, edge-gilding, sewing multi-coloured end-bands, and preparing and covering with vellum. Suitable for advanced level students.



    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 £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £670.00
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  3. Life drawing: extended study
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model, bringing your own ideas into observation of the life model.



    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  4. Sketchbook: creating visual journeys
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  5. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    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. Image - Alice Danger.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  6. Relief printmaking: introduction to wood and lino
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to create wonderful monochrome and multicolour woodblock prints. You'll be encouraged to work from your own source imagery (sketches, magazine cuttings, photos etc) as an inspirational lead-in to producing your relief prints. Suitable for all levels.



    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
  7. The design brief
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, perhaps, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.



    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.



    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
  8. Developing photography skills: intermediate
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    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. Image - Andrea Irmeni.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  9. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of a variety of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  10. Fine art digital printing with Adobe Photoshop
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet (or giclee) prints as used by fine art photographers. Get to grips with Adobe Photoshop and our top-of-the-range Epson digital photo printers, and experiment with different paper types and inks.



    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
  11. Portraits and people photography
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  12. Jewellery: electroforming workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the potential of electroforming, the process of transforming models from carved wax, Polymorph and organic found objects, such as twigs, leaves and seashells, into metal. Bring a selection of materials/small objects that you may want to electroform and learn how to prepare them, handle the electroforming tank and chemicals, and integrate attachments, to create lightweight and hollow pieces.



    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
  13. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate levels.



    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
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  14. Dragonframe for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Stop Motion has always been at the heart of the animation industry. On this short practical course you will find out why Dragon Frame is the stop motion application of choice for the major animation studios and professional independent animators alike.



    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 £175.00 Concession £134.00
  15. The gold kingdoms of medieval Africa
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course examines the unique flavour of Islamic visual culture as it spread across north Africa and into the Sahel, meeting the great empires of medieval west Africa.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

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