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. Photography for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 8 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
  2. 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 £253.00
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. Textiles: experimental hand stitch
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    A contemporary approach to hand stitching and embroidery exploring a variety of traditional stitches and techniques. Create experimental and expressive samples using traditional and non-traditional materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  6. 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
  7. City Lit photography projects
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma
    Delve deep into the world of photography, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.







    The City Lit photography projects course offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. You will get to grips with your camera, explore different photographic techniques and gain new skills using industry equipment and software. Working through a series of creative projects you will start developing your own ideas and finish the course with an extensive portfolio of photographic work.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  8. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discourse. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation via group crits, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, collaborative work and discussion and debate. This course will be delivered onsite.
    Full fee £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £769.00
  9. Watercolour painting projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    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
  10. Vectorworks for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Learn how to visualise your 2D and 3D design ideas using the professional application Vectorworks. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modelling and landscaping.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  11. Large-scale mixed media projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    An exciting short experimental course to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images on a large scale. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  12. Stretching and priming a canvas
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    This course is a must for painters wishing to stretch and prime their own canvases and paper. Learn about the properties of different types of painting supports, and the best materials for preparing surfaces and glazes for painting.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  13. More mosaics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa Benson
    Explore surface qualities including smooth, textured and relief work, as well as covering non-flat shapes. A wide range of approaches from fine art to ornament will be considered. Please bring ideas. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £429.00 Senior fee £343.00 Concession £279.00
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  14. Pottery for beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Starkey
    Explore the exciting possibilities of pottery using the main pottery techniques of hand-building and throwing. Simple surface decoration, glazing and firing will also be taught.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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