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 or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.


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  1. City Lit interior design
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Nesta Morgan, Sharon Hennessy, Nicholas Williamson

    An exciting chance to learn from professional practitioners of contemporary interior design and decoration, and to build an informed, creative, and professional portfolio invaluable for gaining commissions. This intensive practical course takes you through every step of the professional Interior Design process from negotiating briefs with clients, to creating accurate and engaging plans in 2D and 3D and developing and presenting your ideas professionally. Suitable for beginners and for those who wish to revise and develop their skills, this course offers an excellent opportunity for enhancing your home, gaining entry onto higher level courses or for entry into the workplace.

    We offer taster courses in creating plans using Computer Aided Design skills in this course but you are recommended to extend and enhance your Computer Aided Design skills in the third term by enrolling on our VF488 Visualising your drawings in 3D using CAD which revises and develops skills in project presentation gained during term one and two.
    Full fee £909.00 Senior fee £727.00 Concession £591.00
  2. City Lit bookbinding
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
    Full fee £1,159.00 Senior fee £927.00 Concession £753.00
  3. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    An intermediate-level course for students with some experience. Learn new skills and techniques. Develop and build on existing knowledge in traditional and contemporary bookbinding, including leather paring and fine binding.
    Full fee £719.00 Senior fee £575.00 Concession £467.00
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  4. City Lit fine art: year 1
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin, Alexandra Harley, Brian Hodgson, Tony Hull, Monika Kita, Amanda Knight, Steven Scott
    Build an individual fine art practice by exploring painting, drawing, sculpture, print, digital media and contextual studies, across a series of structured projects in live on-line and studio based classes. Weekly participation from home (or your own workspace) is combined with fortnightly attendance at the City Lit studios. You will be expected to keep up with current art practice and exhibitions, on-line and/or in your locality. Weekly on-line group discussions and tutorials will help you adopt an independent and experimental approach to your work. The course can be taken for personal creative development, or act as a bridge between adult short courses and entry to undergraduate and postgraduate Fine Art courses.

    Basic materials are provided for working in the city Lit studios, but you may be required to source your own specialist materials, depending on your choices. Each term will include one additional off-site gallery visit or external activity, dates subject to course-relevant opportunites.

    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,949.00 Senior fee £1,559.00 Concession £1,364.00

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