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. Introduction to painting still-life
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (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
  5. 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
  6. Adobe Photoshop: stage 2
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn a new specialist topic each week and develop it in detail. Increase your knowledge and experiment with the program's applications and special effects. Prior experience of Adobe Photoshop needed.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  7. Modern calligraphy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    Learn how to write elegant stylish letterforms using a flexible pointed nib with ink. Once you’ve learnt how to write a basic alphabet we’ll begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
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  8. Recycled fashion: rework and repair
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    When the world of Fashion has been moving towards a more sustainable direction, we can no longer ignore how important it is to learn how to support a more circular economy. Can one of your favourite worn garments could be refreshed and updated into a piece to treasure for many years to come! On this course, explore different ways of achieving this and start to making your wardrobe sustainable.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Art and Ideas: Time and Memory
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    This course if for students and creative practitioners interested in memory as a creative and conceptual theme. Explore and discuss ideas, theories and work by significant artists and writers to enhance and inspire the development of creative work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £111.00
  10. Art and Ideas: space and place
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Charles Chambers
    Explore concepts and theories of space and place in relation to historical and contemporary art and making, and engage in discussion and debate related to landscape, urban, site-specific and place-based creative arts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £111.00
  11. Typography: digital type techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    An introduction to how type can be used and manipulated in terms of creating words as brand marks and how text matter can be visually played with in terms of visual communications such as posters, flyers, books and films. Working with design concepts and the Adobe software suite, you will craft impactful type images.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  12. Basketry techniques for contemporary craft makers
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Page
    If you are looking to learn a number of basketry techniques to use on your professional contemporary craft practice, this is the course for you.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00

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