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. New for 2020 we now offer a creative portfolio of live online courses as well as our face-face studio based teaching.

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Many 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. Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a brief introduction to acrylic painting techniques and the use of materials. Explore a practical approach to painting, including colour mixing, layering, glazing and application. For those with little or no painting experience.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  2. Japanese woodcut printmaking: developing next steps
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is an all-day Japanese Woodcut class spread over seven weeks. The course is designed to take the student rom an introduction to the process, designing, carving and creating their own multi-coloured prints but also allowing for the more experienced student to develop their own projects in greater depth, researching and contextualising Japanese Woodcut into their own art practice. All students are encouraged to do their own research that is shared with the group promoting a lively, friendly and supportive studio environment.



    The process is water based, non-toxic and handmade with a small outlay this is a technique that can easily be



    practised at home. The tutor trained in Japan, learning the technique from Japanese sensei on a residency



    programme based in the foothills of Mount Fuji. It is her main art practice.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  3. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop, with a focus on learning to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00
  4. Hand marbled paper
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  5. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Learn about photographic studio practice and lighting. An introduction to using studio flash, 'hot' (tungsten) and ‘cold’ (fluorescent & LED) lights to enhance your portrait and still life photography.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  6. Russian Art: from the Revolution to Putin's Presidency
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study the developments in Russian art from the 1917 Revolution to the present day in this weekend art history course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  7. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    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. Image - Alice Danger.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  8. Fine art digital printing with Adobe Photoshop
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Want to give your portfolio or exhibition prints the professional edge? This hands-on course will guide you in printing top-quality inkjet (or giclee) prints as used by fine art photographers. Get to grips with Adobe Photoshop and our top-of-the-range Epson digital photo printers, and experiment with different paper types and inks.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  9. Step by step: how to draw portraits
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short step by step workshop will enable you to learn the time tested and proven approaches to successfully drawing portraits. You will be introduced through clear broken down stages a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  10. Adobe Photoshop for photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    This practical studio course will introduce you to Adobe Photoshop's workspace, gaining essential skills and knoweldge in colour adjustment, retouching images, and layer manipulation. Set up and find your way around Photoshop's workspace to apply all sorts of edits and effects, producing professional-looking images in minutes.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  11. Illustration for beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a body of illustration work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  12. Get skills in: the old masters drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  13. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
  14. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    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 Adobe 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.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £225.00
  15. Adobe Photoshop: stage 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Learn a new specialist topic each week and develop it in detail. Increase your knowledge and experiment with the program's applications and special effects. Prior experience of Adobe Photoshop needed.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00

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