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. Drawing 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  3. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    84% of 100
  4. Drawing and painting portraits: contemporary approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Gray
    Explore dynamic and some more experimental approaches to drawing and painting portraits. This course will offer opportunities to try out a range of techniques to develop portraits working from the live model.



    Suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as those wishing to refresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
  5. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This fast-paced course reveals the main processes used to make fine art prints. You will learn both relief and intaglio methods. For beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
  6. Beginners photography
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Discover the basics of photography to improve your photographs and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, light and taking pictures in different environments. This course is perfect for complete beginners or for learning new skills. Please take this course before enrolling on our intermediate courses.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Draw, paint, print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mary Wintour
    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 £207.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Fashion and editorial photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Advanced life drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    A weekly, concentrated life-drawing session for learners studying on any of City Lit's advanced visual arts courses.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £251.00
  10. Commercial illustration: mixed media techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Barratt
    In the fast-paced fashion industry, the need to promote your brand or business relies on great graphic design. Whether it’s designing a logo and merchandising, or creating advertising for both online and traditional media, this beginners’ course will help you develop the graphic design skills to create and promote a strong brand image.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  11. Developing photography skills
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Feb 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  12. Introduction to clothes making
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. We start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  13. Create a short film in 5 evenings
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Monika Kita
    Have you always wanted to make a film but didn’t know where to start? This course will guide you through



    all the film making processes including scripting, filming, recording sound, editing and exporting your own



    short film.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  14. The complete drawing course for beginners
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ute Kreyman
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding of the subject. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach. This course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  15. Watercolour painting projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    An introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. You will be guided through a series of short creative projects including working from still life observation.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00

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