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. Introduction to painting still-life
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Learn the essentials of Still-life painting from paint handling and colour theory to composition.



    Dedicate some time to developing your painting in a series of controlled steps. Learn to select and prepare surfaces and materials, build a composition around a still-life and make supplementary studies to guide your colour application. For absolute beginners.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Digital illustration with Procreate
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Rolfe
    Designed for beginners and those relatively inexperienced with Procreate, this course will guide you through processes of creating a complete illustration in Procreate on the iPad.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  3. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  4. Adobe Photoshop: stage 2
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn a new specialist topic each week and develop it in detail. Increase your knowledge and experiment with the program's applications and special effects. Prior experience of Adobe Photoshop needed.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  5. Recycled fashion: rework and repair
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    When the world of Fashion has been moving towards a more sustainable direction, we can no longer ignore how important it is to learn how to support a more circular economy. Can one of your favourite worn garments could be refreshed and updated into a piece to treasure for many years to come! On this course, explore different ways of achieving this and start to making your wardrobe sustainable.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Typography: digital type techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    An introduction to how type can be used and manipulated in terms of creating words as brand marks and how text matter can be visually played with in terms of visual communications such as posters, flyers, books and films. Working with design concepts and the Adobe software suite, you will craft impactful type images.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Basketry techniques for contemporary craft makers
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Page
    If you are looking to learn a number of basketry techniques to use on your professional contemporary craft practice, this is the course for you.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00

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