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. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 5 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.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    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 £115.00
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  2. Start bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the art of handmade books! Three days of progressive projects will guide you through core techniques and prepare you to experiment, design and craft your own unique books.

    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 £65.00
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  3. Drawing and mindfulness
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. This course offers a great foundation in how these two disciplines complement each other leading to greater clarity of perception, responsiveness to your subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. A practical drawing course, from observation and the imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 14 Mar 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  5. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 2 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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  6. Jewellery making: all levels
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? If you have done it before, would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Whatever your level, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like chain making.

    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 £100.00
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  7. Experimental filmmaking
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn about the differences between experimental film and conventional narrative. Begin to create digital films that challenge rather than cater to conventional expectations. Explore how to create original material in both form and content.

    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    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
  8. Developing art practice
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discussion. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, encourages collaborative projects as well as online discussion and debate.
    Full fee £949.00 Senior fee £949.00 Concession £645.00
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  9. Pottery on Saturdays: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 1 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Broaden your existing knowledge and develop new skills in throwing, handbuilding, surface decoration and glazing. Develop your own ideas and styles of making through structured projects. Tutor: Annie Turner.

    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 £699.00 Senior fee £559.00 Concession £426.00
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  10. Mosaics introductory: direct method
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop creative expression and confidence in this classic art form. Explore manufactured/recycled materials and surface qualities by applying them directly onto a base. Please bring ideas/sketchbooks. Basic materials provided. 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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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  11. Intermediate handbuilding
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore your personal creative ideas in clay, increase your making and decorating skills. Use a range of hand building techniques to develop your practical skills and expand your knowledge of ceramic materials.

    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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  12. Paper marbling
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Get your hands messy investigating the history and techniques of decorative paper marbling. From Japanese Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size, try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  13. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography: part 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 30 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Adobe Lightroom classic gives you all the desktop editing tools you need to bring out the best in your photographs. This online workshop will introduce you to this easy-to-use cross-platform that enables you to take greater control in the management and editing of your photographs. Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic effectively to catalogue, process and showcase your images: an invaluable asset and creative tool for photographers and visual artists.

    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  14. Bookbinding weekend: endband extravaganza
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A weekend packed full of endbands for bookbinding enthusiasts. Learn a little about the history and different styles of endband and try out some for yourself. There will be demonstrations of a range of endbands including multi-coloured, Islamic and ‘Manhattan’ style. Suitable for those with bookbinding experience.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  15. Ceramics as a canvas: traditional slip decoration and surface treatments in clay
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop new skills in traditional ceramic decorating - including how to interpret patterns, text and drawings on a clay surface using slip-techniques, agates and textures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.

    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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00

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