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 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. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. City Lit photography projects
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Delve deep into the world of photography, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.







    The City Lit photography projects course offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. You will get to grips with your camera, explore different photographic techniques and gain new skills using industry equipment and software. Working through a series of creative projects you will start developing your own ideas and finish the course with an extensive portfolio of photographic work.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  3. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louisa Buck, Luke Jones
    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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  4. Mosaics introductory
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa Benson
    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete to complete your own Mosaic. Please bring ideas, basic materials are provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £509.00 Senior fee £407.00 Concession £331.00
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  5. Drawing: colour pastel techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of models, in a range of materials and with a variety of poses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
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  7. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    An introduction to the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  8. Painting 1
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Painting 1 offers an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with painting. Focus on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work, whilst learning how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Clothes making II
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Practice working with a jersey / stretch fabric & sew a comfortable & wearable top from a pattern which can be adapted into a dress. Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  10. Painting 2
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  11. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you have 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.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
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  12. City Lit ceramics portfolio
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Cooper
    Attending two days a week, you will develop your ceramic techniques and drawing skills to build a portfolio of 2D and 3D work. Focus on the development of your personal ideas within a structure of varied projects, which could lead onto study in further and higher education. Some materials are included.
    Full fee £3,429.00 Senior fee £2,743.00 Concession £2,229.00
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  13. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A multi-disciplinary course that will help broaden your skills and experience. Record, imagine, visualise, transform, narrate and develop through a series of practical projects. This exciting course is designed to help you place drawing at the centre of your chosen artistic discipline.



    This course requires a pre-enrolment application. Please click 'Start Assessment' on the right hand side of this page to start your application. EDAM Handbook







    EDAM Archive.
    Full fee £1,199.00 Senior fee £959.00 Concession £839.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This year-long advanced course is aimed at artist/printmakers wishing to develop a sustainable personal practice. Guided through research, experimentation and developmental tasks, you will eventually focus on a long term project of your own choice, as you progress towards a final body of work. The course involves theoretical, contextual and practical components.
    Full fee £1,799.00 Senior fee £1,439.00 Concession £1,259.00
  15. City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Baldwin
    Investigate textile structures and surfaces through this project based course. Develop an experimental portfolio of 2D and 3D stitched samples, sketchbook research and aim towards a finished piece.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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