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. What makes a masterpiece
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Look at works of art in the Western canon and ask why we consider them to be masterpieces. What formal qualities do they all share, if any, or is our interpretation of a masterpiece largely subjective?



    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 £249.00 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Art and design portfolio projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore art and design projects in drawing, painting, model making and mixed media to confidently develop your personal ideas. Investigate ways of recording ideas and imagery through experimental sketchbooks and other formats to build a diverse portfolio of creative 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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. It's time: Year of the figure and portrait projects open event
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Interested in finding out more about the Year of figure and portrait projects course? Hosted by Rebecca Allen - Course Leader, you will be shown examples of past projects and student work. Find out first hand from previous students as they discuss their experiences on completing the course, along with everything else you need to know to help support you with your preparation and enrolment onto the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. Drawing for beginners: traditional methods, techniques and approaches
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A complete introductory course designed to help you begin your artistic journey. You will learn how to set up a drawing environment, how to prepare, hold and use your tools along with time tested drawing techniques.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  5. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Drawing cartoons for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own cartooning style through a range of traditional drawing and digital techniques. Create a portfolio of work in preparation for professional commissions.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  7. Collage: colour and shape
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short online contemporary collage course will explore the possibilities of working with collage and mixed media – from creating simple, striking forms through to more experimental pieces that combine materials and techniques. Discover how collage has inspired a number of artists and how you to make it work exciting and dynamic work for you and others.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  8. Jewellery: stone setting I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy making your own jewellery, but want to develop your mount-making and stone-setting techniques? Discover essential techniques in setting a gem stone, including round bezel and tube settings, with the guidance of an expert tutor.



    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
  9. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Explore basic design and illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator – the key high-end graphics software used to create logos and icons. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pens, colour, and type as you learn about infographics and designing with vectors.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Introduction to illustration
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you are interested in illustration and would like to explore the subject further, this course will show you a range of new and exciting approaches. You will learn many new techniques, whether you are a complete beginner or someone who would like to refresh their approach. On this practical course you’ll learn the practicalities of what it is to be an illustrator. This is not a computer-based course but there is help and advice with software for those who wish to use it.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  11. Introduction to beaded jewellery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Fancy trying your hand at beaded jewellery making? Learn how to work with beads, wire, thread and findings to create beautiful beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings and tiara designs. Join our introductory course for all levels to discover where to find the best beads, how to knot with thread, manipulate and twist wire and learn how to finish your work using clasps.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  12. Friday lates: The painted lives of the Safavid Dynasty of Iran
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In time for the V&A Exhibition “Epic Iran” opening in October 2020, this session will explore narrative miniature painting made under royal patronage in 16th century Safavid Iran.



    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
  13. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses. Image - Alice Danger.



    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
  14. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Nov 2021 (and 3 other dates)

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

    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
  15. City Lit fine jewellery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.



    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 £1,249.00 Senior fee £1,249.00 Concession £849.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100

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