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.

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

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. City Lit photography projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 28 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    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
  2. Clay sculpture: portrait head
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    The head is the focal point of each person; create a portrait that examines both the structure as well as the emotion of the model.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  3. Carving in wood
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you are experienced at it but would like expert



    guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. You will be taught how to make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  4. City Lit textiles: colour, print, stitch
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Baldwin
    Explore various ways of colouring and printing onto fabric through this project based course. Introducing techniques and design process develop a portfolio of textile samples , a sketchbook of research and aim towards finished work.
    Full fee £719.00 Senior fee £575.00 Concession £467.00
  5. Advanced ceramics
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sara Radstone, Annie Turner
    Designed for Intermediate / Advanced level. Students will be encouraged to develop their practical skills alongside critical thinking leading to a more personal visual language.



    Through an experimental approach, students will be encouraged to extend their knowledge and experience with a variety of hand building techniques and to build an understanding of a range of clays and their properties. Also to explore fully the potential of colour and glazed surface.
    Full fee £999.00 Senior fee £799.00 Concession £649.00
  6. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £389.00
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  7. Contemporary painting studio
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lucinda Oestreicher
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee £869.00 Senior fee £695.00 Concession £565.00
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  8. Pottery: evening course
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Spence
    For those with previous experience who want to work towards their own goals, or for beginners who want to learn hand-building and throwing processes. We'll also cover glazing and surface decoration.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
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  9. Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Spain
    Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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  10. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English, Ute Kreyman, Marcus Richards
    This exciting and intensive course is a chance to develop key creative skills, methods and thinking in art and design, across 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies, to prepare you for entry to our UAL-validated, Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £524.00
  11. Jewellery: design lab
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Fancy working on your own jewellery projects in a professional workshop with an expert tutor?







    Join our jewellery: design lab to develop your skills, try different techniques, and discover new design approaches.



    Develop your own projects with expert guidance, and step outside your comfort zone to produce top quality pieces to your own jewellery designs.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
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  12. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  13. Develop your filmmaking
    Course start date:  Mon 15 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Looking for an opportunity to build on your previous film making and editing experiences? Want to develop your leaning further, make more experiences or simply have some further guidance? Then this class is for you.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  14. Foundation diploma in art and design
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Multiple
    The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at City Lit is an exciting and challenging multi-disciplinary art, design, craft and media programme. It is designed to give you the best possible introduction to a wide range of materials, techniques and processes, and to support you in identifying and developing your creative interests and thinking. Validated by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, it is an internationally recognised qualification with a UCAS tariff that enables you to apply directly to University.
    Full fee £5,521.00 Senior fee £5,521.00 Concession £5,521.00
  15. City Lit ceramics diploma: two-year course
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Designed for people with previous experience in ceramics or other art related practice, this advanced level course encourages your creative development through a sustained practice-based programme of in-depth ceramic study that covers the artistic, technical, theoretical, and historical contexts of ceramics. For your final exhibition you will have the opportunity to exhibit at an external venue and at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington.







    Once you have submitted an application for the course, your suitability for the course will be assessed by interview. You will need to bring a portfolio of 2D and 3D/clay work alongside your sketchbooks. During the interview you will be asked to write a short paragraph to demonstrate your writing skills and to show your understanding of the use of numbers. Interviews for this course will take place on dates to be confirmed.







    NOTE: Course dates are: 14/09/23 - 11/07/25, Thursday and Friday 9.30am – 6.00pm, 36 weeks per year. The course fee indicated on this page covers both years of the course. Payment plans will be available, details of which are to be confirmed. Please note, advertised fees and course dates may be subject to change.
    Full fee £8,999.00 Senior fee £8,999.00 Concession £6,299.00
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