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. Creative photography: extended projects
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Boost your creativity and photographic practice in an encouraging group environment. Continue developing your own visual style in photography by responding to creative briefs, sharing your images in weekly group critiques and taking part in regular discussion.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
  2. Get skills in: the old masters drawing techniques
    Course Date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  3. Beginning miniature bookbinding
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Mar 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the magic of tiny books in this introduction to miniature bookbinding. You will discover the history and appeal of this unique style and make three adorable miniature books to take home. Suitable for beginners.

    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
  4. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making; enjoy exploring colour, and discover if you'd like to take it to the next level.

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  5. Start drawing
    Course Date:  Tue 1 Jun 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start drawing and learn traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  6. Designing textiles using Photoshop stage III: expanding personal projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short intermediate course will improve your Adobe Photoshop pattern tiling skills while learning new basic vector drawing skills in Adobe illustrator. We will improve on creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need access the Adobe Creative Suite on your Mac or PC before class.

    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 £91.00
  7. Contemporary collage in graphic design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  8. Get skills in: ink and wash techniques
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for art students and for designers interested in waterbased techniques. Concentrating on the Still-life you will explore a variety of techniques and develop a fluidity of approach in using this exciting medium. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Start photography
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Experience learning in the photography department. Shoot some digital images, download your pictures onto a computer, make simple edits using an image editing program (Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom) and create a high quality print to take away with you.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  10. Start watercolour painting
    Course Date:  Tue 23 Nov 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start painting in watercolours and develop new skills in watercolour painting techniques and materials. Explore how watercolour paints and mediums work, and get advice from our expert tutor on the use of the different brushes and paper preparation. For beginners with little or no watercolour painting experience.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  11. Costume and fashion in art
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Costume from the past rarely survives, except in the depiction of it in paintings. Explore 500 years of costume in European art across a range of subject matter and decode the socio-political contexts and cultural identities contained within the choice of dress.

    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 £129.00 Concession £79.00
  12. Drawing from house plants and flowers
    Course Date:  Tue 1 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Lose yourself in your own indoor garden and discover the creative possibilities of working from plants and flowers at home. This short online course will encourage you to sue a variety of materials whilst exploring different approaches to working from observation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  13. Branding and visual identity in graphic design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The world is full of designed brands, some we love, some we hate. Yet whatever our feelings, they represent some form of organisation, service or product, which as humans helps us to make sense of the complex world we live in. Create a visual brand about yourself. You will create that brand based on your aspirations and self-reflection. We will use any means to create the branding, whether physical, photographic, drawn or electronically generated via Apple and Adobe systems. What we shall strive for is a creative spark that communicates: you.

    On this course you will explore the nature of branding within graphic design and discuss the attributes to come to a better understanding of their design and their role in our lives. By looking at the ethos of brands we will see how their use is part of the bigger picture of visual commercial transactions and of marketing design communications.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  14. Experimental collage and mixed media techniques
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Collage is an exciting, accessible and creative medium. Experiment with a rich variety of materials and found images to make vibrant work experimenting with surface, form, colour and pattern, inspired by artists who make effective use of this way of working.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  15. Night and low light photography
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 16 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    An introductory course to low light photography. In the first week we take advantage of a slightly longer twilight to photograph city scenes from Waterloo Bridge, then explore this theme at Tower Bridge and street scenes near the college. You will get the opportunity to experiment with light painting and long exposure techniques. The final session will involve some location shooting and then a brief introduction to selecting colour balance and making basic exposure adjustments in Lightroom. The course will conclude with a review of equipment needed for you to continue your creative path into low light level photography. Image - Dennis Jeffrey.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

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