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. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021 (and 5 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
  2. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.



    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:
    92% of 100
  3. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 5 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
  4. Museum drawing at home
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this sketchbook course, museum drawing will be recreated at home, with personal possessions and found items forming the collection of drawn items. A variety of drawing media and techniques will be explored.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  5. Contemporary printmaking studio
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.



    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 £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £451.00
  6. Painting 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.



    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
  7. Photography projects 1
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Delve deep into the world of photography and get to grips with your camera, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in learning both traditional and digital techniques. Photography Projects 1 kicks off a year long course that offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. This is the first part of the two-stage course, enabling you to gain the confidence and skills required to plan, shoot and edit your own photography project. Students who complete both stages of the course will achieve all of the learning outcomes and will have the opportunity to build an extensive portfolio of photographic work and present their final ideas in an exhibition. Hilary Stock images for the exhibition - I used to be a photography student 2020.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  8. Interior design for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the delights of interior design and give your design schemes that ‘wow’ factor. This introductory course provides a step-by-step guide to essential skills, user requirements and how to generate design 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 £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100
  9. 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)

    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 £599.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £300.00
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    100% of 100
  10. Pottery: a taster course in throwing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners who want to experience the basic techniques of throwing on the potter's wheel. Learn how to produce mugs, bowls and simple forms, as well as how to apply slips and glazes, on this five-day course.



    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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100
  11. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of a variety of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.



    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  12. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 1
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 10 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to edit video like a professional? Get to grips with industry software Adobe Premiere Pro and learn the fundamentals of this industry standard package alongside the basic principles of editing moving image footage. Become familiar and work with the most important technical and conceptual conventions in video editing.



    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 £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
  13. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.



    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  14. City Lit Pro: Adobe After Effects intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Dec 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe After Effects course, you will learn the essential tools and skills for using After Effects to transform your video projects. These include planning the project, organising and preparing the material, masking skills, key framing skills and working with layers.



    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  15. Pottery on Saturdays
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn lots of different ways of making pottery, from handbuilding to throwing. Look at a variety of different ways to decorate your work. 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 £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £365.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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