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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Printmaking in a day: photographic screenprinting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Dec 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    On this fast paced 1 day printmaking workshop, you will be taught how to register and print a four-layer CMYK screen print. Screenprinting is a highly creative and interesting process, recreating photographs and other digital artwork with endless possibilities. You will learn all the basics of screenprinting alongside some basic Photoshop skills in how to prepare your artwork. All levels 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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  2. Narrative filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Learn to produce your own short fiction film, from storyboards and pre-production to shooting and editing. Explore how to construct an exciting narrative, experiment with different shots and camera movements, and get to grips with recording and editing technology, producing your own professional-looking short movie.



    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 £213.00
  3. Jewellery making: all levels
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? Or done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? From beginners to experienced jewellers, come and practise making metal jewellery to your own designs, whether you're picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with complex approaches such as chain-making.



    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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
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  4. Try it out: garden design
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taste of how you can improve your outside spaces. In this online workshop you will learn how to assess an outside space and complete a short exercise in garden design planning. A great preparation for our range of beginners garden design courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  5. 50 drawings in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 10 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  6. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you have learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.



    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 Concession £109.00
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  7. Photography projects 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Delve deep into the world photography and get to know your camera, learning both traditional and digital techniques. City Lit photography: stage 1 kicks of a yearlong course that offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring various contexts and the background of its many genres. Try out and develop new skills in industry software and gain the confidence and skills required to plan, shoot and edit your own photography project. City Lit photography: stage 1 is the first of the two stage course, enabling you to build a comprehensive and exciting portfolio of photographic work. It is possible to join the course at either stage or complete both stages across the year should you wish. Students who complete both stages of the course will achieve all of the learning outcomes and will have the opportunity to present their final ideas and work in an exhibition.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  8. Explore drawing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Monoprinting: contemporary monotype techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The ‘low-tech’ nature of monoprinting makes it one of the most accessible methods of printmaking but also one of the most creative. Combined with collage, stencils and lasercut vignettes this will be an exciting and enjoyable course to develop and inform your current art practice or, as a starting point for complete beginners.



    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 £80.00
  10. Introduction to life drawing and painting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn or develop skills and approaches for painting the nude figure. Including use of tone and colour selection, composition and paint handling to develop solidity, atmosphere and expression. Some experience of drawing is recommended.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  11. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.



    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.



    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 £69.00 Concession £69.00
  12. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Mar 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.



    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  13. Costume jewellery: 1800 to now
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Costume jewellery tends to be viewed as the poor cousin of fine jewellery but the reality is far from that. This is a one day course that looks at the history of costume jewellery from 1600 and how the advances in materials and technology made it so popular. Tutor: Judith Crowe.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Create a short film in a day
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun and fast paced practical introduction to film making.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Try it out: bookbinding
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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