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 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. Try it out: jewellery making
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Make a pendant and silver ring in a weekend. During this action packed course, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to make simple jewellery in metal.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  3. Learn DSLR filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lyndon Ives
    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot



    professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Bookbinding: notebooks and folders
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    Learn to make single sheet folded books, a simple multi-section sewn book and a folded slipcase. This weekend



    course is an opportunity to make an exciting range of notebooks and folders and learn some useful bookbinding



    techniques. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  5. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn, Michael Harding, Amanda Knight, Kim Scouller
    Develop your painting in greater depth on this new, advanced course, working with a team of artist-tutors and a committed network of peer-practitioners, across a set of projects focusing on a range of contemporary themes, processes, and debates. The course is intended for experienced painters with a positive and enquiring attitude to the practices and discourses of painting in its various forms, and a commitment to peer-dialogue and critical discussion. Focused and intensive studio-based weekend projects (once per month), are interspersed with weekly online tutorials, feedback, discussion and seminars.



    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 £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,504.00
  6. Printmaking weekend: handmade prints
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosey Prince
    Learn some exciting, low tech printmaking techniques to equip you with skills so you can easily make prints at home without the use of specialist equipment.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  7. Portrait painting: two session pose
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Develop a portrait from life: a structured course to build skills towards making a convincing portrait where the model keeps the same pose over 2 sessions to enable a sustained piece of work.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  8. Introduction to precious metal clay
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Pearson
    Want to discover one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure copper when fired. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced jeweller, learn the basic techniques of working with this magic material as well as more innovative uses, to create original items of jewellery.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  9. Landscape painting weekend
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Have you always wanted to draw landscapes in a sketchbook?



    On this course, you’ll learn basic techniques for landscape studies, in two different locations near to the City Lit.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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  10. Adobe Premier Pro tips and tricks
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    This course offers valuable insider tricks, best practice ideas and general tips on how to improve your editing and efficiency. Previous experience with Premiere Pro CC is essential.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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