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 Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    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.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
  2. Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  3. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  4. A short introduction to laser cutting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sukhan Lee
    Explore digital manufacturing using laser cutting techniques producing surface decoration for accessory and fashion garments. Test and sample using fashion templates before cutting onto fabrics developing for a collection. Suitable for learners new to laser cutting.



    Some experience on Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator is required.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  5. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  6. Beaded jewellery: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn to make multi stranded beaded pieces and progress your beaded jewellery making techniques on this course for intermediate learners.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  7. A short introduction to DSLR filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lyndon Ives
    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot



    professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  8. Photography for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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
  9. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you will be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  10. Introduction to painting still-life
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 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
  11. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Start painting in watercolours and develop new skills in watercolour painting techniques and materials. Explore how watercolour paints and mediums work, and get advice from our expert tutor on the use of the different brushes and paper preparation. For beginners with little or no watercolour painting experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  12. Try it out: stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Throw yourself into the world of stop motion animation on this introductory practical course. Enjoy exploring a range of materials and techniques to produce innovative drawn, cut out and 3D animation sequences. An invaluable introduction for anyone interested in developing their animation practice.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Hand knitting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Montgomerie
    This intensive course will inspire a passion for hand knitting, colour and texture.The perfect way to get started.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  14. Introduction to AutoCAD 2D
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Piera Dencker-Rasmussen de Mascoli
    AutoCAD is an essential part of the work process for engineers, designers, architects and visualisers. This course will teach you to create 2D technical drawings on Mac in one of the leading CAD design programmes.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  15. Saturday portraiture studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00

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