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
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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. Large-scale mixed media projects
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (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
  3. City Lit photography projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma, Matthew Ward
    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
  4. Stretching and priming a canvas
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  5. Introduction to sculpture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Andrew Revell, Ro Sylvester, Shelley Wilson
    The ultimate introduction to sculpture at City Lit. In each class of this five-day hands-on course you will be introduced to a different sculptural technique and material, by a tutor who is a specialist in that area. This will provide you with a showcase of our sculpture facilities and teaching talent at City Lit. This course is perfect for beginners who want to try out a range of sculptural processes, perhaps to find your area of interest for further study.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £227.00
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  6. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Stevenson
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? Or done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making metal jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as chain-making.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  7. Vectorworks: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Revise and develop your Vectorworks skills further and explore more advanced processes to create professional presentations of your 3D designs and plans. Suitable for those who have completed the Vectorworks for Beginners course or who have a good grounding in the basics of this professional application.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  8. Crochet for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Montgomerie
    Learn basic crochet techniques, make simple samples and learn how to follow patterns. Basic materials will be provided.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  9. Pottery: Saturday throwing course
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carina Ciscato
    For beginners or those with some experience of throwing, this is an ideal chance to experiment, refine and develop your skills at the wheel.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
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  10. Mosaics introductory
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa Benson
    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete to complete your own Mosaic. Please bring ideas, basic materials are provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
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  11. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    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. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you interested in a career in window display? On this course you will explore techniques used by professionals to produce effective props and sets. Get hands-on experience of sculpting, fabricating, mould making, casting and using paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from specialist tutors, and have a go at translating your own ideas into 3D.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  13. Saturday life painting studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Develop your own ideas in life painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental approaches to painting. Ideal for students who have some previous life drawing/painting experience.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  14. Screenprinting: developing techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  15. Garden design: balcony and roof gardens
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Worster
    Learn how to turn your balcony and roof into a beautiful garden sanctuary and find out how to deal with the challenges and opportunities these spaces afford.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00

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