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. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Commercial photography: masterclass workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    Looking to work professionally as a photographer? Pick up key skills you will need on this practical course from camera systems, lighting solutions, paperwork and software workflow.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  2. Saturday life drawing and painting studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Feb 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    Develop your own ideas in life painting and explore some more experimental approaches, making reference to the work of figurative artists. A relaxed weekend class, ideal for students who have some previous life drawing and/or painting experience.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  3. Introduction to AutoCAD 2D
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    AutoCAD is an essential part of the work process for engineers, designers, architects and visualisers. This course will teach you to create 2D technical drawings on a Mac in one of the leading CAD design programmes.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
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  4. Screenprinting in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 28 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  5. Japanese woodcut printmaking
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Feb 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
  6. Developing watercolour painting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Mar 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    Explore the specific qualities of watercolour and the opportunities this adaptable medium offers to create dynamic painting compositions. Develop a fluency with brush work and layering of colour to develop compositional possibilities.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  7. Calligraphy: brush lettering
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn how to create calligraphic lettering with a pointed brush to liven up your greetings cards, make posters and more. This introduction to writing with a brush is an ideal entry into the world of calligraphy and creative handwriting.



    This course is perfect for all abilities and left and right-handers who have never used a brush pen or calligraphy pen, or those who have just started to dabble in lettering. We’ll begin by laying down a foundation of strokes and develop a strategy for practising time-effectively and mindfully with intention.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  8. Narrative filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    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.
    Full fee £419.00 Senior fee £335.00 Concession £272.00
  9. London street photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Wish you could capture those spontaneous moments of urban life like a pro? Learn the tricks of the skilful trade of street photography and build your confidence in snapping candid, unobtrusive photographs on the street, shooting in some of the most dynamic and vibrant areas of London to tell powerful stories in single images.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
  10. Model animation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephanie Griffiths
    Traditional model animation is more popular than ever. On this short practical course you will learn how to create and animate engaging and effective puppets and create an exciting short animated sequence for your showreel.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  11. Introduction to precious metal clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Pearson
    Want to discover one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure copper when fired. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced jeweller, learn the basic techniques of working with this magic material as well as more innovative uses, to create original items of jewellery.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
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