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. Start drawing
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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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  3. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Apr 2022 (and 4 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 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 will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £225.00
  4. Try it out: calligraphy, formal and modern
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Would you like to find out about the difference between formal calligraphy and modern calligraphy? Come along to this session and have a go at writing both styles. Beginners and improvers 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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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  5. Get skills in: charcoal drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Get skills in working with the creative possibilities that this fragile drawing medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course is ideal for beginners and those wishing to build confidence in using charcoal in their artwork.



    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. Friday lates: launching the YBAS - from warehouse to stardom
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did the YBAs unleash new artistic creativity or were they simply ambitious, self-promoting young art students from Goldsmiths determined to shock? Explore their art and the exhibitions which launched them; Freeze (1988) and Sensation (1997).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe After Effects intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe After Effects course, you will learn the essential tools and skills for using After Effects to transform your video projects. These include planning the project, organising and preparing the material, masking skills, key framing skills and working with layers.



    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  8. Personal printmaking projects: open studio access
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    These studio access sessions are tutor led workshops, designed to offer a more flexible way for you to learn using the facilities of the printmaking- studio. You will have access to tutor guidance when needed, but these sessions are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue personal projects and independent working.



    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
  9. Introduction to diamonds
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the diamond trade, different types of diamonds on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.



    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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  10. Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the ancient Korean art of ‘Keum Boo’, often called ‘gold overlay’. Learn how to add decorative gold accents to silver jewellery. Ideal for beginners and experienced jewellers alike.



    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. Velazquez, painter to the King
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Investigate the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, including enigmatic paintings such as Las Meninas (1656), and learn about how his art relates to his political role as court painter to Philip IV.



    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
  12. Upcycled textile jewellery: twist
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to hand twist your own colourful bracelets from fabric remnants, ribbons, shoelaces, or that old tee-shirt! Be inspired by this workshop led by textile artist Tanvi Kant who will show you how to repurpose textiles at home into something special to gift to yourself or a loved one. You will experience how acquiring new skills creatively helps you focus to maintain general well-being.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  13. Introduction to photography studio lighting
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Explore illustration
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. This course is ideal if you are interested in our Introduction to Children’s Book Illustration VK530 or the 3 stage 30 week Children’s Book Illustration course (VK501A, VK501B, VK501C)




    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration 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
  15. Funding for artists and designers: how to make a strong application
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Thinking about funding is more closely related to thinking about your practice than you might imagine. This workshop looks at how to get ready to apply for public funding so that when you come to writing, all the planning has been done and your idea has improved in the process! We will examine how funding will help you to develop your work, in the short, but also medium and long term, and how to find the sweet spot between what you want to do and what the funders are looking for. Public funding means that our work has to have a public benefit, so we need to show how it does this. The challenge of funding can make you reconsider your project in exciting ways. We will look at applying for Arts Council England project grants, partnerships and a quick look at local trusts and foundations. Finding a fit between your need and funding criteria is key; from there we will look at how to write an application to make a compelling argument.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00

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