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


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  1. City Lit advanced graphic design
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Michael Harding, Andrew McCarten, George Stickney, Pam Williams
    This course will help you improve your skills in graphic design and visual communications in their broadest sense, for delivery or publication in print and online, working with text, image, layout, medium and message across a range of physical and digital media and formats.

    It is ideal for anyone who has already completed our City Lit graphics course, and for anyone wishing to build a more extensive and professional portfolio of graphics work, whilst developing a deeper understanding of the connection between text, image, message and media.

    Confirmed industry specialist guest visitor: Lydia Thornley, Designer, Creative Director and Reportage Illustrator.
    Full fee £1,999.00 Senior fee £1,599.00 Concession £1,399.00
  2. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Valerie Merlo
    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Rodin and learn how to capture the human figure, both physically and emotionally, on this fascinating practical sculpting course. You will work from a life model to develop your own clay sculpture of the human form.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  3. Clay sculpture: portrait head
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    The head is the focal point of each person; create a portrait that examines both the structure as well as the emotion of the model.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  4. City Lit fine art: year 2
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Brian Hodgson, Monika Kita, Amanda Knight, Ute Kreyman, Bettina Reiber, Steven Scott
    Consolidating the experience gained in year 1 of CLFA, you will pursue a more individual, self-motivated route, resulting in a body of work that reflects your own interests. You will have one-to-one tutorials and production sessions that allow you explore and refine your creative skills, plus seminars and lectures in which you will engage with new ideas and contexts; all delivered by experienced, practising artists. Basic materials are provided for working in the City Lit studios, but you may be required to source your own specialist materials, depending on your choices.

    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,949.00 Senior fee £1,559.00 Concession £1,364.00
  5. City Lit year of the figure and portrait
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen, Desmond Haughton, Luke Jones, Kim Scouller
    City Lit year of figure and portrait projects course explores the endlessly fascinating subject of the human form through various aspects of drawing and painting the figure and portrait. For those interested in building real progress confidence in practical skills associated with figure and portrait drawing and painting. Be informed and inspired by stimulating historical and contemporary artists' contexts that will support your creative work.
    Full fee £2,399.00 Senior fee £1,919.00 Concession £1,559.00

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