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.

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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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 or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Photography for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  2. Painting: oil techniques and mediums
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsay Pickett
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. Explore the different effects that can be created when different oil painting mediums are added to the oil paint. Learn to use a range of these mediums to create excitng and varied surfaces in your painting, expanding your use of texture and glazing.



    This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  4. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. Whether you work in print or digital media, in our introductory Adobe InDesign course you’ll learn to use the industry-leading page design and layout app that lets you create, pre-flight, and publish beautiful documents.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £349.00
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  5. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    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.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  6. Typography: hand-made techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Typography is the keystone of good graphic design. On this online course you will develop an appreciation of typography and learn how to use the professional software Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator to effectively create and manipulate type.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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
  8. Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Explore the elegant sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a fold-out case, sew traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  9. Sketchbooks: creating visual journeys
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Create a 'visual journey' of discovery through an experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media to produce a collection of work or personal ideas for further development. Suitable for all, including those with basic drawing experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  10. Drawing into painting
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £120.00
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  11. Creative image editing with Photoshop and Lightroom
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn how to use and apply the key features of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to develop your image editing skills.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  12. Sketchbooks: ideas, materials and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    A fantastic introduction to creative processes using a variety of different media to develop an exciting sketchbook. A sketchbook is a great place to try things out, make mistakes and take risks - all in the nature of experimentation. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous drawing experience.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  14. Introduction to collage and mixed media
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  15. Beginning miniature bookbinding
    Course start date:  Thu 24 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Explore the charm 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.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00

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