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. Jewellery and mindfulness workshop
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Feeling stressed or distracted? Discover the power of craft activities in developing focus and concentration to combat the stress of daily life, and pick up new jewellery making skills at the same time. Learn to hand-braid colourful textile threads to create a bracelet whilst learning about the practice of mindfulness, and enjoy the impact this has on your general wellbeing.

    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 £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  2. Introduction to jewellery making
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover metal jewellery making techniques to create a piece of jewellery. You will be introduced to the basic processes of forging, texturing, soldering and cutting out shapes in metal. You will learn how to create a ring to the correct finger size.

    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 £199.00 Concession £125.00
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  3. Book arts drop-in
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 4 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.

    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
  4. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  5. Introduction to using the sewing machine
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  6. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This exciting and intensive course is a chance to develop key creative skills, methods and thinking in art and design, across 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies, to prepare you for application and entry to our UAL-validated, Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.30 - 16.30) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (17:30 - 20:00) on Wednesday evenings.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £509.00
  7. Children's book illustration: advanced projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 20 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £271.00
  8. Try it out: garden design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 1 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online



    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
  9. Garden design: small spaces
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online



    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
  10. Introduction to engraving
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn traditional methods of hand engraving to create beautiful embellished surfaces. This course is for Intermediate and advanced jewellery students.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
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  11. Storyboarding and animatics for animators and filmmakers in 2 evenings
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Storyboards are crucial for planning, developing and communicating your film and animation projects to clients, funders or collaborators. Learn how to create an effective storyboard representing different camera shots, framing, camera movement, action, timing and sound.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Try it out: knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    By exploring a range of beaded jewellery techniques you will learn how to string beads and how to knot between beads and pearls. You will also learn how to attach simple clasps and findings to bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  13. Advanced visual communications: where is the truth?
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This advanced course examines the representation of truth and the manipulation of meaning through text and image, an issue with critical importance for the current times, from a number of perspectives. Working across a range of media and techniques employed in creative design and visual communications, we will examine examples in print, broadcast and on-line media.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £759.00 Senior fee £607.00 Concession £516.00
  14. Making a mini protest banner
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will give you an insight into the history of textile protest banners and teach you techniques to make your own mini banner in stitch.

    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. Introduction to gold tooling
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is a great introduction to gold-tooling and the creative use of the medium. Learn how to gold tool on leather with various hand tools, using BS Glaire and gold leaf. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £156.00

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