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. Video editing personal project: improve your film
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Already experienced in editing but want to up your game? You might have got to grips with some of the industry's top software - but tools are only half the story. This practical workshop focuses on the importance of structure and content creation, as well as commonly encountered problems in the editing process, and how to analyse your own and other's work to transform your footage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  2. Photojournalism and documentary photography
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma
    A picture paints a thousand words. Develop your creative ability to communicate through photography and get a fascinating insight into the world of documentary photography and photojournalism. Work on assignments and location shoots, develop your technique and style, and explore the practical, theoretical and ethical dimensions of photojournalism.
    Full fee £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £268.00
  3. 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
  4. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 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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  5. Drawing: focus on abstract approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suzanne Caines
    Move away from 'realistic' observational drawing and experience exciting new visual techniques using mark making, line, form, colour, texture and much more. Enjoy a series of practical exercises that explore different approaches to abstraction, working in new ways and making it work for you.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Illustrative embroidery for textiles
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosie James
    Develop your embroidery skills in both hand and machine stitching. Create a range of samples, learn how to transfer designs to cloth, explore design ideas, experiment with fabrics and threads.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. Developing exhibition and event proposals
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    This professional practice module, delivered by the former Head of City Lit's longstanding and prestigious Fine Art course, takes you through the steps of working with a gallery to put on an exhibition, from first proposals through to installation and opening. While questions of curatorial perspectives and agendas are important, and will be considered, alongside the 'fit' of your work and your exhibition proposal to the venue and their audience, the main focus of the workshop is the practical and pragmatic aspects of working with galleries to organise and present exhibitions of your own work, or that of your group. Within the broad framework of the ‘conventional’ gallery system, discussion will cover developing your proposal, or identifying opportunities for exhibition, negotiating with galleries, building support, programming activities, generating interest and promotion. Although not the major focus of this workshop, the tie-in exhibition website and afterlife online will also be considered.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Exhibiting creativity: alternatives to the white cube
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chris Hough
    Who decides which artists get to present their work to the public, in what spaces, and according to what criteria? What role does the curator play in the decision-making process and how much influence do they exert over artists and institutions, in making these decisions? How do artists whose work is not ‘current’ (or which perhaps deals with unorthodox or potentially difficult topics) get to show their work? This professional practice workshop is a provocative enquiry and discussion of the role of the gallery in enabling creative expression, and the influence that decisions have on representation, or the imposition of an orthodoxy. How are artists responding to the limitations and impositions of the traditional gallery space–and the authority of the curator or agent–and finding opportunities in public or private spaces, and through technology? How are traditional galleries responding? We examine the ways artists and designers are making their own opportunities, and taking back control, finding innovative and creative ways to put their work before the public on their own terms.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  15. 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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