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. Funding for artists and designers: how to make a strong application
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Stoddart
    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 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. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (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 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 £549.00 Senior fee £549.00 Concession £275.00
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  3. Watercolour painting: practice and culture
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    This ONLINE course presents fresh perspectives on the characteristics of watercolour; its qualities of intimacy, transience and portability are explored through stimulating practical projects and inspiring artist talks.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Animation with Adobe Animate CC
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Austin
    Learn how to use Adobe Animate CC to create exciting drawn and cut out animations on this practical introductory course and find out why it’s still the application of choice for professional drawn animation.



    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 Concession £213.00
  5. Explore life drawing
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced day that combines practical exercises with basic theory and techniques.



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  6. Explore your creativity
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and 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 £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  7. Artist's book club
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    On this intermediate course, you will explore the world of Artists’ books and develop your skills and creative ideas in creating books as art. If you are interested in working on tutor-supported, independent projects and you welcome the opportunity to share your work and your ideas with other makers, this course will support your progress and help you to develop your concepts through the structure of the book. Not suitable for beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  8. Try it out: laser cutting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 14 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Renata Minoldo
    Learn how to cut and etch acrylic, plywood, paper or textiles with your own images, patterns or text. Learn some basic slills to personalise an existing template using Adobe Illustrator. You will be able to send your file to be produced in the digital lab and have your own laser cut samples. This course is suitable for beginners.



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



    Please read the full course details below.



    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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  9. The design brief
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    This workshop provides a forum for exploring and discussing the process (and sometimes challenges) of working with clients over a commercial design brief or commission. While some design briefs are relatively straightforward, and perhaps require a simple rendering of the client's vision, at other times the client can be unsure of what they actually want, and it can be a frustrating, uncertain and time-consuming process for the designer to identify and produce a solution to what is, perhaps, a poorly-defined question. Referring to real-life examples and case-studies, this workshop will take learners through the process of making a pitch, deconstructing a brief to be certain of what the client wants and needs (and whether these are same thing), presenting proposals, and working within time, resource and financial constraints. These are invaluable skills for the design professional that are equally applicable, for the student, to project briefs and coursework.



    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.



    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
  10. Is meaning inevitable? Intention, action and interpretation
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Does every creative act have meaning? Is there a statement – conscious or unconscious – inherent in everything we do as artists? Should we interpret or analyse what we see, what we do, what we’ve done? In this one-day workshop, we will examine a range of specific works, considering the question of whether and how meaning has been embedded (intentionally or otherwise) and can be identified and interpreted. This will, to some degree, touch on how individuals and societies make and ascribe meaning, perhaps as an attempt to process and come to terms with, for example, otherwise seemingly arbitrary events like a natural catastrophe or suffering. We will discuss and workshop these themes in the larger group, draw on examples presented, and the experiences of the members in the group. Other questions that may be considered include: discerning meaning as an attempt to find order in chaos, and whether or what we might lose by attempting to impose meaning, by attempting to explain within the confines of critical analysis, that which may, in fact, be critical to the character or intention of a work of art.



    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
  11. Graphic design projects for beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster, Pam Williams
    Explore the exciting world of graphic design and its many changing forms. Graphic Design Projects for beginners offers you both engaging knowledge and practical experience delivered through; demonstrations, discussions, design lectures and practical creative briefs. You will develop a body of work with a chance to build a portfolio showcasing your 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 £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £335.00
  12. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. Whether you work in print or digital media, in our introductory Adobe InDesign course you’ll learn to use the industry-leading page design and layout app that lets you create, pre-flight, and publish beautiful documents. 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 £329.00 Senior fee £329.00 Concession £201.00
  13. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. 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
  14. Children's book illustration projects for beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    Explore the exciting world of Children’s book illustration and its many changing forms. This course is ideal for those keen to explore the world of children's book illustration in depth and develop a portfolio of work. Collect reference material, generate ideas and characters, and explore image making in the context of the current children's book market.



    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 £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £335.00
  15. Modern calligraphy
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve 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 £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
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