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. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 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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  3. Beginners' bookbinding
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (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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  4. Portraits 1
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 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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  5. Drawing 1
    Course Date:  Mon 13 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
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  7. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration. Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  8. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore basic graphic design and illustration techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator with the opportunity to draw and design on paper and execute in Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pen tools, colour, gradients and type.

    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
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Contemporary printmaking studio
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.
    Full fee £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £451.00
  10. City Lit ceramics
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn a wide variety of techniques including throwing, handbuilding, decoration and glazing. Ideal for beginners to pottery or for those with some experience.
    Full fee £1,729.00 Senior fee £1,383.00 Concession £1,055.00
  11. Drawing the moving figure
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to respond quickly to the moving figure via a range of exciting quick sketching techniques. You will explore expressive mark-making to produce dynamic intuitive drawings from life.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  12. Metal sculpture all levels
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. This course is for beginners and those with some prior experience.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Photography for beginners
    Course Date:  Mon 20 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
  14. Painting 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 15 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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  15. Draw, paint, print
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
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