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.

Some 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. Adobe Illustrator for jewellery design
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    This course is designed to introduce Adobe Illustrator as a tool for jewellery design and making. It will take you through the basic tools, and how they can be used to develop your designs and produce accurate universal drawings for presentation and manufacture.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  2. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  3. Get skills in: Typography and working with type
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gillian Fielden
    Typography is the keystone of good graphic design and can be used in a wide range of approaches to influence your artwork and design intentions. Designing and working with type will offer a practical opportunity to develop an in-depth appreciation of typography, learning its history, how type has been used in industry and in referecne to many world infleuntial deisgners. Learn how to effectively create, manipulate type, layout and embed type within your design work using the professional industry software Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. Fashion and editorial photography
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Jun 2022

    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  5. Get skills in: colour pastel drawing techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kim Scouller
    Explore the versatility and rich colours of this beautiful drawing and painting medium. Through practical exercises, discover its potential to create a variety of surface effects and its suitability for sketching and outdoor colour work.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  6. Get skills in: etching in colour
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    The ideal follow-on for those who have done 'Introduction to etching' and would like to go deeper into the techniques and processes of etching. This course will consolidate your existing skills, introduce you to more complex etching processes and help you to find and develop your subject matter in this medium.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  7. Get skills in: brush techniques for painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    The fundamentals of painting are as important for the beginner as they are for the more experienced artist. This course will be an in depth focus on brushwork, how to improve your mark making and develop fluency in the mediums of acrylic and oil paint.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  8. Start drawing
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer courses.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
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  9. Make a laser cut ring in plastic
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    Spend some time playing with Adobe Illustrator in our bespoke digital and design lab. Learn some basic steps to customise an existing template using the pen and image trace tool. Send your file to be cut on our laser cutter and leave with a simple piece of jewellery to take away. All materials included. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  10. Developing screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Hynds
    Enjoy being guided through inspirational and experimental screenprinting methods. You'll try a variety of mixed media techniques that will energise and enliven your artwork - a great way to expand your image making practice and your portfolio.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  11. Graphic design portfolio preparation
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Learn the fundamental skills and different approaches to layout skills with this creative and practical workshop. Bring your projects and artwork along as you are guided towards building and developing a professional graphic design portfolio. The course encourages you to take risks, be playful and explore different ways of working, arranging and communicating your ideas and work. You will learn some of the core skills in layout, importing, exporting and printing through Adobe In-Design. Suitable for those with an interest in print based design, graphic design, illustration and those who want support in building an art and design portfolio for industry, application and beyond.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  12. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. Whether you work in print or digital media, in our introductory Adobe InDesign course you’ll learn to use the industry-leading page design and layout app that lets you create, pre-flight, and publish beautiful documents. Students should be comfortable with a fast-paced learning environment and have good computer skills.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
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  13. Creative layouts and packaging design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Gita Hahn
    Learn how to develop and create exciting illustrated packaging designs using adobe illustrator cc. Invaluable for your graphic design portfolio.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  14. Jewellery: wax carving for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Filipe Caroto
    Learn how to apply your jewellery designs in wax using a range of wax carving tools and waxes. You will be introduced to the lost wax casting process and where to outsource this.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  15. Get skills in: drypoint and intaglio techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    Drypoint is a way of creating grooves in a solid surface, it produces a rich unique type of drawn line, from which you will make prints using intaglio inking methods, This workshop offers the opportunity to use specialist techniques and tools and gain insight into how these sit within the creative practice of artists using drypoint. For all levels, although some experience of drawing is preferable.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00

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