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 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. 50 projects in graphic design: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    On this fast and varied fun practical course you will undertake 50 projects that all relate to the subject of raphic Design. The limited time aspect will enable you to respond spontaneously and creatively whilst exploring key aspects of Graphic Design. This is invaluable for rebooting your creative responses to briefs.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  2. Drawing and painting from the imagination
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.



    The aim of the course is to investigate the role of the imagination in drawing and painting and to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Start filming and compositing with green screen
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lyndon Ives
    Compositing, or seamlessly layering images where the subject is placed against any background, is a visual effect used in all film making. Learn effective green screen filming, how to composite images and how to improve the process and workflow on this practical course.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Jewellery making: cold connections
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Would you like to learn how to combine / integrate materials and objects that are not metal into your jewellery making without the use of heat? This course offers you the opportunity to explore joining several different materials together using a variety of cold connection techniques such as rivets and tabs. Come and experiment with a number of techniques and adapt them to use with your own designs.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  5. Introduction to quilting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn how to design and make a contemporary quilt using a range of construction and embellishment techniques. Work with simple shapes from recycled fabrics or bring your own fat quarters to create a personalised quilt. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  6. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £225.00
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  7. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  8. Developing Japanese woodcut techniques
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    This Japanese Woodcut class is designed for students who have completed an introductory course. Alongside exploring techniques such as hanshita and betazurie (details below) it allows for students with experience in mokuhanga to develop their own skills in greater depth’.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  9. Sketchup Pro intensive for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms on this fast track course. Skills in this user friendly and affordable software is invaluable for Interior designers, Garden designers and Set designers who wish to improve their presentations. The software works on both PC or Mac.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  10. DSLR for video: shoot and edit
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  David Kline
    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot and edit professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera; get expert guidance on the whole process and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00

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