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.

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

 

Join us for the City Lit Visual Arts open day on Saturday 18 May. Throughout the day, at our campus in Covent Garden, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the full range and variety of our art and design subjects on offer.  Find out more >

 

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  1. Fashion and editorial photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Oct 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    This course will help you to develop your skills in editorial fashion photography.



    The course is project driven and will take you from the creation of a basic story board through to a photo shoot. By the end of the course you will understand the workflow, the tools and thinking / planning required to run a successful shoot for yourself. The course also provides advice on getting material published.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  2. Portraits 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Sep 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones, Andrea Voisey
    This course aims to introduce you to this fascinating genre in both 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. Working from direct observation of the live model.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
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  3. Screenprinting in a day
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Aug 2024 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  4. Jewellery making: all levels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Stevenson
    Ever wanted to turn your hand to metal jewellery making and introduce texture to your work? Or have you done it before and would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced students,come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you arre picking up the basics of cutting,forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like granulation, stone setting, etching, patination and oxidation.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
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  5. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Feb 2025 (and 18 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Sara Leigh Lewis
    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 £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £240.00
  6. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Nov 2024 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  7. Filmmaking: shoot and edit
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Nov 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn all the stages of film making from initial pre- production planning through to post production editing. Whatever genre interests you, this course will give you the essential skills to realise your own movie.
    Full fee £529.00 Senior fee £423.00 Concession £344.00
  8. Developing photography skills
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jun 2025 (and 13 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Rachel Wegh
    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  9. Develop your filmmaking
    Course start date:  Mon 13 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Looking for an opportunity to build on your previous film making and editing experiences? Want to develop your leaning further, make more experiences or simply have some further guidance? Then this class is for you.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
  10. Artists eye: painting impressionism, surrealism, fauvism and pointillism
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 May 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Module three - Artist’s Eye: Painting Art movements. Post Impressionism, Surrealism, Fauvism, and Pointillism.







    Develop your painting skillswith reference to contemporary and historical artists in this four week course.







    We will make paintings inspired by artists who were key members of art movements, be guided by their choices of subject matter, and learn their methods of paint application, colour mixing and composition.







    Acrylic paint can be used for all projects. This short course can be taken alone or in conjunction with the other modules.



    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 £129.00
  11. City Lit photography: professional practice and portfolio
    Course start date:  Mon 13 May 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Neil White
    This course is a natural follow on from City Lit photography projects VY844 & VY878.



    You will work on a self-set project for the length of the course.
    Full fee £559.00 Senior fee £447.00 Concession £363.00
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