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, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  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. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  3. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 29 Jan 2023 (and 4 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'll 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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  4. Jewellery: soldering workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate levels.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  5. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  6. Life painting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for students with some experience in drawing and painting who are interested in developing their skills working from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  7. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  8. Introduction to sculpture
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022 (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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  9. Hand stitched textiles: Indian influence
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amarjeet Nandhra
    Inspired by the richly embroidered textiles of India (Punjab and Rajasthan), examine traditional methods such as mirror work, embroidery and appliqué. Experiment and play with these techniques to create contemporary samples.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
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  10. Six day taster course in ceramics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alex Simpson
    Ideal if you are a beginner and would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery – throwing and hand building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
  11. Life drawing for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    An introduction to the basic skills required for life drawing: how to see and interpret the proportions, line, tone and volume of the human form. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  12. Introduction to oil painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alex Hanna
    Experience the sensuous and vibrant medium of oil paint. Through simple exercises, learn to mix and apply oil colours and explore oil painting techniques and materials. The perfect way for beginners to start oil painting.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  13. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Improve and speed up your editing, learn to use all trimming and motion tools properly. Explore building a better narrative structure and find out about essentials like screen-directionality and POV constructions.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  14. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £357.00
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  15. Introduction to AutoCAD 2D
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00

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