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. Garden design: year round colour
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover how to extend the season of interest in your garden, with successional planting. Learn about winter interest, planting schedules, colour schemes and general tips for selecting and grouping plants.



    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
  3. Photographing with natural light
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to read, control and modify natural light in photography. Experiment with available light in portraiture, landscape and product photography. Put your skills to practice in weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback.



    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
  4. Create a short film on your smartphone
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The film making potential of smart phones and tablets have developed greatly over the last few years. Enjoy learning techniques for using them effectively to create short professional looking films for publishing online or for film festival submissions.



    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
  5. Drawing from house plants and flowers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lose yourself in your own indoor garden and discover the creative possibilities of working from plants and flowers at home. This short online course will encourage you to sue a variety of materials whilst exploring different approaches to working from observation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  6. Branding and visual identity in graphic design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The world is full of designed brands, some we love, some we hate. Yet whatever our feelings, they represent some form of organisation, service or product, which as humans helps us to make sense of the complex world we live in. Create a visual brand about yourself. You will create that brand based on your aspirations and self-reflection. We will use any means to create the branding, whether physical, photographic, drawn or electronically generated via Apple and Adobe systems. What we shall strive for is a creative spark that communicates: you.



    On this course you will explore the nature of branding within graphic design and discuss the attributes to come to a better understanding of their design and their role in our lives. By looking at the ethos of brands we will see how their use is part of the bigger picture of visual commercial transactions and of marketing design communications.



    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
  7. Start photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Experience learning in the photography department. Shoot some digital images, download your pictures onto a computer, make simple edits using an image editing program (Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom) and create a high quality print to take away with you.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  8. Creative photography
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get creative and connect with the world around you through the lens of a digital camera. Put new ideas to practice through weekly tasks, participate in group discussions and get feedback in a positive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. 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
  10. A short introduction to stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Throw yourself into the world of stop motion animation on this introductory practical course. Enjoy exploring a range of materials and techniques to produce exciting drawn, cut out and 3D animation sequences. An invaluable introduction for anyone interested in developing their animation 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  11. Sculpture: inspired by Giacometti
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A bronze by Swiss sculptor Giacometti recently sold at auction for £65,000,000. Create your own by researching materials, building an armature, sculpting directly in plaster and colour your sculpture to a realistic bronze finish. All abilities welcome.



    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
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  12. Start drawing
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start drawing and learn traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  13. A short introduction to Rhino
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the basic steps to 3D model on Rhino software. Send your file to be 3D printed and leave with a 3D print of your own design. All materials included.



    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
  14. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?



    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
  15. Zines and DIY publications in graphic design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a low tech, fun approach to create your first Do-It-Yourself publication. Zines or Fanzines (from the word magazine) refers to self-published booklets, produced by hand that have a distinctive cut and paste graphic style - as seen in punk culture in the 70s. The course is an opportunity to take creative control, a chance to discover your own unique style and learn how to assemble a handmade publication from start to finish. Would suit illustrators, animators, printmakers or photographers or for those wishing to learn new ways to present a collection of visual ideas.



    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

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