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. Photography projects 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Grant Smith, Laura Vuoma, Matthew Ward
    Delve deep into the world of photography and get to grips with your camera, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in learning both traditional and digital techniques.



    Photography Projects 1 is the first part of a two-stage course that offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. This stage enables you to gain the confidence and skills required to plan, shoot and edit your own photography project.



    Students who complete both stages of the course will achieve all of the learning outcomes and will have the opportunity to build an extensive portfolio of photographic work.



    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
  2. Introduction to watercolour painting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    This introduction to watercolour painting course is aimed at those students who would like to learn the basic techniques for this versatile medium.



    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. Beginners' jewellery II
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aurelie Dellasanta
    Make a bezel setting for a cabochon stone and a tube setting for a round faceted stone. This course is suitable for those who have done an introductory course as well as for complete beginners or those who would like to have a refresher of all the basic metal jewellery working skills.



    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
  4. Drawing 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louisa Buck, Luke Jones
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  5. Contemporary calligraphy: developing your style
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn how to create your own unique style of calligraphic handwriting and be inspired by the work of historical and contemporary calligraphers.



    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 £349.00 Concession £175.00
  6. Garden design: year round colour
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 6 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Patrick Featherstone
    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    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 be introduced to some of the key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design. Students should be comfortable with a fast-paced learning environment and have good computer skills.



    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 £449.00 Concession £274.00
  8. Interior design for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Keith C Clarke
    Learn the delights of interior design that will give your design scheme that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and the creation of design 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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
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    73% of 100
  9. Painting 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic 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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  10. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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  11. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    A course for intermediate and experienced printmakers wanting to build on previous experience and experiment with process to consolidate and hone technical skills. The focus is on colour application, advanced intaglio processes, realising personal projects and the production of high quality prints.



    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  12. Designing textiles using Photoshop I
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Create motifs and designs for printed textiles which may then be printed onto cloth.



    This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artists, designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.







    When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to a student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud.



    Please read the full course details below.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  13. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £549.00 Concession £275.00
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  14. Calligraphy
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ivo Grantins
    Learn the principles and explore the essential steps of calligraphy work using a range of tools and techniques to create an individual piece. Suitable for beginners as well as improvers, left or right handers 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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  15. Design for magazines and books with Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    An introduction to the principles of designing, laying out and planning books and magazines using InDesign. This intermediate course is suitable for those with some InDesign 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 £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00

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