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. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 5 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
  2. The complete drawing course for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding of the subject. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach. This course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  3. Vectorworks for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Learn how to draw 2D and 3D design ideas using a computer. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modeling and landscaping.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  4. Painting 2
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Oct 2022 (and 4 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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  5. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.
    Full fee £509.00 Senior fee £407.00 Concession £331.00
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  6. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street 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
  7. Photoshop for textile design II
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022

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

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Learn Photoshop and design techniques in order to develop your textile design work. Expand your artwork creatively to build of portfolio of ideas while developing a collection of designs and prints. You will need access to the most recent version of Adobe Photoshop. Please note this is a blended online/in-person course with last sessions in person to complete printing in our digital lab.



    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 £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  8. Learn digital video editing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Interested in editing your own videos? You may have heard of Premiere Pro or Final Cut. DaVinci Resolve is free and arguably better then both. Come and learn how to use it. Hollywood already does.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  9. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  10. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  11. Graphic design for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gillian Fielden
    This introduction to graphic design will guide you through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles, enabling you to create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  12. Watercolour painting projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    An introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. You will be guided through a series of short creative projects including working from still life observation.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  13. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones, Andrea Voisey
    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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
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  14. 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
  15. Introduction to drawing cartoons
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    Enter the world of cartoons and bring your ideas to life working through a series of fun exercises with a professional cartoonist and tutor. You will learn how to create cartoon characters, draw simple but effective backgrounds, and even create your own comic strip story. Suitable for beginners wishing to study cartooning and for those who have already made tentative steps toward becoming a comic strip artist.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00

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