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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021 (and 5 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.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Portraits 2
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.



    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  3. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.



    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). For more information click here



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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    100% of 100
  4. Painting 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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    100% of 100
  5. Artist's book club
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this intermediate course, you will explore the world of Artists’ books and develop your skills and creative ideas in creating books as art. If you are interested in working on tutor-supported, independent projects and you welcome the opportunity to share your work and your ideas with other makers, this course will support your progress and help you to develop your concepts through the structure of the book. Not suitable for beginners.



    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 £140.00
  6. Calligraphy: modern copperplate
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to write elegant letterforms using a pointed pen with ink. Once you have learnt how to write a basic copperplate alphabet, we will begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers, and both left-handers and right-handers.



    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  7. Drawing 2
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022 (and 9 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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  8. Graphic design for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This introduction to graphic design will guide you through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles, enabling you to create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Draw, paint, print
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Nov 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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. .



    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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    100% of 100
  10. Rhino intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn more advanced Rhino commands and how to apply these to create more complex 3D models with an emphasis on designing, adapting and applying repeat patterns in 3D. Send your file to be 3D printed and leave with a 3D print of your own design. All materials included.



    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 £127.00
  11. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your knowledge of the children's book industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  12. Children's book illustration: introduction to ideas and characters
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  13. Illustration projects 1
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come on an image-making illustrative journey where you will explore a variety of media, techniques and processes. Through exercises, workshops and set briefs you will discover your unique voice and learn how to express it through image. Illustration project will enable you to start positioning your work in the context of industry and learning how to engage with it. This course is suitable for anyone who enjoys the process of making imagery. There is no right or wrong, just your way.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  14. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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.



    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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    100% of 100
  15. Contemporary printmaking studio
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 4 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.



    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 £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £451.00

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