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. Watercolour painting studio: still-life
    Course Date:  Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is all about painting still life compositions, looking at how to capture the characteristics of a variety of objects in the studio, on both a small and large scale. The emphasis will be on the different watercolour techniques including primary, secondary and tertiary watercolour mixing. Suitable for beginenrs as well as a refresher course for those with previous experience of watercolour.

    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 £155.00
  2. Jewellery: stone setting III
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Already explored some of the skills of mount-making and stone-setting but want to take your expertise to another level? Experience the more complicated techniques of mounting a variety of stone shapes, as well as practising your grasp of claw and collet settings. Integrate new stone-setting techniques with your existing knowledge to give the ultimate professional finish to your jewellery.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  3. Contemporary art photography
    Course Date:  Thu 6 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Become an expert in the fine art world of contemporary photography. Learn about the history, concepts and theories behind the art form, and the technology and techniques now influencing it. Develop practical skills to realise your own creative ideas, discuss your photography portfolio with others, and learn about platforms to showcase your work on the commercial fine art market.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  4. Drawing 1
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  5. Felt making: structural surfaces and 3D techniques
    Course Date:  Thu 20 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate a number of techniques including pleats, pockets, pouches and ‘nuno’; creating surface texture with fabric. You will produce a range of experimental samples and have the opportunity to work towards a finished piece.

    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 £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £127.00
  6. Life drawing and painting: expressionist approaches to the figure
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 20 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from the life model. An opportunity to discover strategies for personal expression inspired by Expressionist artists and to rework compositions.

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £120.00
  7. Special effects for film and video using Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to give your videos a professional edge? Learn how to use Adobe After Effects to apply a range of animated effects to enhance your video projects. Get to grips with the tools of the software, learn to organise your workflow and come up with great creative ideas, and develop your own project with an expert filmmaker on hand to guide you.

    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 £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £150.00
  8. Animation with Photoshop
    Course Date:  Thu 10 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to produce exciting 2D animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Adobe Photoshop to create work with a unique hand-made look.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  9. 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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    92% of 100
  10. Drawing: focus on light and shade
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the potential of light and shade in observational drawing to create dramatic tonal effects. Discover a selection of drawing materials through guided exercises to create a series of tonal studies. This is a course for beginners with little or no 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
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  11. Stone setting in wax for casting
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ever dreamed of setting your stones directly in your wax carvings?

    Stones can be cast directly into wax using the lost wax casting technique, allowing for an experimental approach to mounting and setting gemstones and avoiding hard and expensive labour of setting them in metal.

    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £105.00
  12. Life drawing: all levels
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  13. Contemporary printmaking studio: summer studio
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course allows you time for sustained, practice based research in the print studio. You will be able to realise a personal project with guidance from the tutor. The course enables experimentation, research and the consolidation of technical skills. You can work using autographic, photographic or text based imagery using the processes listed below. Explorations can encompass wall based work, artist books or 3d dimensional outcomes.

    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 £155.00
  14. City Lit interior design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An exciting chance to learn from professional practitioners of contemporary interior design and decoration, and to build an informed, creative and individual portfolio. The first term introduces key concepts and specialist skills including taster sessions in Computer Aided Design (CAD) using SketchUp Pro. The core part of the course will be traditional drawing techniques, use of colour, space and material, styles and sustainability. The second term emphasises project development, creative problem solving and presentation techniques. This intensive course is for beginners as well as those with some experience in the subject.
    Full fee £1,549.00 Senior fee £1,239.00 Concession £1,053.00
  15. City Lit advanced print and media
    Course Date:  Thu 26 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)

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

    (click here to see an exhibition of work by students on the course )



    This advanced course explores the creative potential within combined digital and print media. It is designed to allow printmakers and digital artists to develop interdisciplinary thinking and practice across both traditional and contemporary forms, at advanced practical and conceptual levels.
    Full fee £2,199.00 Senior fee £1,759.00 Concession £1,495.00

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