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. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 2 intensive
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your Animate CC skills further to create professional character animations on this stage 2 course. Learn how to use a virtual camera and apply layer depth to enhance your scene and how to parent layers, use the bone tool and auto lip synch to make your characters come to life. You will be expected to have completed the Animation with Adobe Animate stage 1 course or have experience in using the drawing tools, tweening, symbols and importing sound.

    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

    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
  2. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to use a sewing machine and use simple techniques and processes. Begin with sampling before moving on to the construction of a simple top.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00
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  3. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 15 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
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  4. 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
  5. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Oct 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
  6. Mosaics introductory: direct method
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 15 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop creative expression and confidence in this classic art form. Explore manufactured/recycled materials and surface qualities by applying them directly onto a base. Please bring ideas/sketchbooks. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  7. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  8. 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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  9. Mosaics introductory
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete. Please bring ideas. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  10. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 10 Feb 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    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

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  11. City Lit textiles: mixed media
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate mixed-media textiles through this project-based course which introduces a variety of materials, techniques and design processes. You will develop a creative portfolio of textile samples using sketchbook research and finally work towards a finished piece.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  12. Introduction to painting still-life
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the essentials of Still-life painting from paint handling and colour theory to composition.

    Dedicate some time to developing your painting in a series of controlled steps. Learn to select and prepare surfaces and materials, build a composition around a still-life and make supplementary studies to guide your colour application. For absolute beginners.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  13. Design with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £200.00
  14. Sculpture workshop I
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Starting out in sculpture? Join us and get to grips with the techniques of carving, casting and construction. Find out more about the history of sculpture and take inspiration from other artists. Learn to develop your ideas from design to reality, and try your hand at several small-scale projects to practise your new-found skills.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  15. Watercolour painting projects 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Be introduced 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 inIncluding working from still life observation.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00

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