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. Introduction to digitally printed textiles
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sukhan Lee
    A short course for beginners.Learn how to use simple collage to develop a design for a womens or menswear scarf. Scan your design before using Photoshop to refine and sharpen your image.Print your image using the sublimation printer and transfer onto your chosen fabric. All materials provided.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  2. A short introduction to stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Learn how to do traditional model armature puppet animation and plasticine animation. On this practical course you will learn the principles of animation and apply them to the puppet sequences produced during the sessions. You will be introduced to some examples of professional puppets used on broadcast TV and, using professional equipment you will learn how to use timing and performance to create dynamic animations.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  3. Introduction to stone setting: raised grain setting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
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  4. Documentary filmmaking: everything you need to know about B-roll
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    It’s B roll, the footage you cut away to from your interviews, that adds dimension to your story. Find out more about how to find, shoot and use good B-roll, including sound.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  5. 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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  6. Bookbinding: experiments in paper folding
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Penny Stanford
    Explore the potential of paper in the construction of books and three-dimensional forms. Bring together folding techniques used in bookbinding, Origami and paper engineering to create your own unique books.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  7. Jewellery: understanding rubies, sapphires and emeralds
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the trade of rubies, sapphires and emeralds, different types of these precious stones on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. Create a short film in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Kline
    Learn how to shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun, informative and fast paced introduction to film making.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00

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