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.

Some 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. Photojournalism and documentary photography
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma
    A picture paints a thousand words. Develop your creative ability to communicate through photography and get a fascinating insight into the world of documentary photography and photojournalism. Work on assignments and location shoots, develop your technique and style, and explore the practical, theoretical and ethical dimensions of photojournalism.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £268.00
  2. Painting 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  3. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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
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  4. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  5. Developing exhibition and event proposals
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    This professional practice module, delivered by the former Head of City Lit's longstanding and prestigious Fine Art course, takes you through the steps of working with a gallery to put on an exhibition, from first proposals through to installation and opening. While questions of curatorial perspectives and agendas are important, and will be considered, alongside the 'fit' of your work and your exhibition proposal to the venue and their audience, the main focus of the workshop is the practical and pragmatic aspects of working with galleries to organise and present exhibitions of your own work, or that of your group. Within the broad framework of the ‘conventional’ gallery system, discussion will cover developing your proposal, or identifying opportunities for exhibition, negotiating with galleries, building support, programming activities, generating interest and promotion. Although not the major focus of this workshop, the tie-in exhibition website and afterlife online will also be considered.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00

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