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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of 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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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

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  1. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    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.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  2. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    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.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.



    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 £129.00
  4. City Lit calligraphy course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Study calligraphy with this in-depth, three term programme that equips students with the essential techniques required for beautiful cursive handwriting. The course will cover specialist skills-based training in Calligraphy with Design, blending traditional skills with an introduction to the latest trends in the calligraphy and design world. An exciting, challenging, and thorough introduction to the art of calligraphy.
    Full fee £1,059.00 Senior fee £847.00 Concession £688.00
  5. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    An introduction to the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  6. Experimental filmmaking: stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Monika Kita
    Push boundaries exploring experimental digital film making. Explore ideas, develop skills and create your own personal project using professional equipment and software. Invaluable for film makers and artists who wish to enhance their moving image practice.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  7. Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lisa Cradduck
    Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut printmaking techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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  8. City Lit illustration projects
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Graff
    Discover your creative voice by opening to the endless possibility of illustration. Through the exploration of media, techniques and processes you will discover your unique voice and learn how to express it through image-making. The City Lit Illustration projects course will equip you with the confidence and skills to respond to industry realistic set briefs and is suitable for anyone who enjoys the process of making imagery and wants to bring more meaning to their drawing.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  9. Painting 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  10. Designing textiles using Photoshop I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Hybrid (choose either online or in-person)

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    This creative course covers the basic technical Photoshop knowledge required to create motifs and tiles from your own artwork and images. This is an online course is bar the last session, when we return to the studio to print onto fabric and paper. You will need to have your own access to Photoshop for this course.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  11. How to draw: methods and techniques
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    A complete introductory course designed to help you begin your artistic journey. You will learn how to set up a drawing environment, how to prepare, hold and use your tools along with time tested drawing techniques.



    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 £129.00
  12. Try it out: sculpture
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Sculpting in relief and 3D is a lovely way to express your ideas and expand on your creative skills. This course is ideal for beginners to sculpting, giving a taster of several techniques. However, if you have experience in one material and would like to find out more, this course could also be for you. We will cover a range of materials and you will find out how different techniques have developed through time. This short taster course will be good preparation for any of our specialised sculpting courses.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  13. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  14. Screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (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
  15. Fashion and editorial photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This course will help you to develop your skills in editorial fashion photography.



    The course is project driven and will take you from the creation of a basic story board through to a photo shoot. By the end of the course you will understand the workflow, the tools and thinking / planning required to run a successful shoot for yourself. The course also provides advice on getting material published.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00

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