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.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short 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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Design your own garden
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Transform your garden and learn design and plant selection techniques tailored to your space. On this online course you will discover how to understand your site and explore practical design solutions and tips on choosing the right materials and plants for your garden.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  2. Documentary filmmaking: focus on B-roll
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    B-roll makes up the lion share of every documentary. It adds dimension and interest to your story. Find out about how to find, shoot and use good B-roll, including sound.
    Full fee £219.00
  3. Textiles and surface pattern: colour and abstract design
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Janie Murphy
    A creative exploration of colour and abstract design for textiles. Explore and develop your understanding of colour using using paper dyes to create your own abstract imagery.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  4. Introduction to stone setting: raised grain setting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rae Duncan
    Grain setting, sometimes referred to as bead setting, is a technique where small faceted stones are held in place by small prongs called beads. These are raised from the metal in the band using an engraving tool. This specialist technique builds on the basic stone setting methods, introducing the use of a new set of tools and skills and is perfect for those wishing to take their stone-setting to a higher level.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  5. Experimental sculpture in plaster and clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Explore the possibilities of modelling in clay and plaster. Taking inspiration from contemporary sculpture, work from found objects to develop your imagination, explore techniques of modelling, casting and transform forms according to your imagination. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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