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. Narrative filmmaking
    Course Date:  Mon 24 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to produce, shoot and edit your own short film. Explore what steps are necessary to construct an exciting narrative. Learn about preparation, storyboarding, experimenting with different shots and camera movements, and the basics of digital editing to produce your own short movie to use as a film festival entry or a path to Higher level film courses.

    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
  2. Introduction to still-life in pastels
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a variety of techniques and approaches to making a still-life in pastels. Learn how to mix pastels on paper, choose suitable materials and supports to allow you to create a finished pastel drawing.

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Jul 2021 (and 3 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 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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  4. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.

    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
  5. Beginners' bookbinding
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of the handmade book in this 5 day introduction to the craft of bookbinding. You will be introduced to the tools and materials needed to create folded, simple sewn books and more complex stitched bindings with flexible and hard covers.

    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 £289.00 Senior fee £289.00 Concession £145.00
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  6. Portraits 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 28 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners and improvers. Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
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  7. Drawing 1
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 9 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.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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    94% of 100
  8. SketchUp Pro for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 28 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms with this easy-to-use and intuitive program. It is a perfect addition to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  9. Photography for beginners
    Course Date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 7 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.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  10. Painting 1
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  11. Introduction to sculpting with wax
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the versatility of wax as a sculptural material, by melting, joining and carving it to create a small wax relief sculpture. This course is perfect for both beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. You will be guided through the sculptural techniques by a tutor who is a specialist in this area.



    Your finished green wax relief sculpture can be kept, or you can join one of our mould making and casting courses to transform your sculpture into another material, for example bronze, pewter or Jesmonite. Please see the course outline below for more details.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  12. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.

    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 £134.00
  13. Cordage, simple looping and netting
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    In this course you will learn how to make cordage suitable for looping and netting in a wide range of materials.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  14. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. Start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  15. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Course Date:  Fri 12 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
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