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. 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
  2. Advanced life drawing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023 (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
  3. 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
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  4. 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
  5. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Gareth Berwyn, Thomas Gosebruch, David Holah, Claire Hynds
    This year-long advanced course is aimed at artist/printmakers wishing to develop a sustainable personal practice. Guided through research, experimentation and developmental tasks, you will eventually focus on a long term project of your own choice, as you progress towards a final body of work. The course involves theoretical, contextual and practical components.
    Full fee £1,799.00 Senior fee £1,439.00 Concession £1,259.00
  6. 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
  7. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Voisey
    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  8. Narrative filmmaking
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Dual Mode (Online or In Person) (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Telling a story on film comes with its own challenges. This practical course demystifies what it takes to do this successfully.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  9. Vectorworks for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Learn how to visualise your 2D and 3D design ideas using the professional application Vectorworks. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modelling and landscaping.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  10. Clothes making I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Silvia Sacrestano
    Learn how to make a skirt from a simple pattern. You will be guided step-by-step to produce a garment in a fabric of your choice using easy techniques and, incorporating a zip and waistband.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  11. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge, Sue Baker Kenton, Ruth Brison, Claire Hynds, Ute Kreyman, Mario Lautier Vella, Faith Vincent
    A multi-disciplinary course that will help broaden your skills and experience. Record, imagine, visualise, transform, narrate and develop through a series of practical projects. This exciting course is designed to help you place drawing at the centre of your chosen artistic discipline.



    This course requires a pre-enrolment application. Please click 'Start Assessment' on the right hand side of this page to start your application. EDAM Handbook







    EDAM Archive.
    Full fee £1,199.00 Senior fee £959.00 Concession £839.00
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  12. Life painting: focus on light and shade
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    A great introduction to tonal painting working directly from the nude model. Using simple projects, you will



    explore different ways to represent the human form through light and shade in paint, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  13. Photoshop for textile design II
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Dual Mode (Online or In Person)

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Learn Photoshop and design techniques in order to develop your textile design work. Expand your artwork creatively to build of portfolio of ideas while developing a collection of designs and prints. You will need access to the most recent version of Adobe Photoshop. Please note this is an online course.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  14. Learn digital video editing
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Interested in editing your own videos? You may have heard of Premiere Pro or Final Cut. DaVinci Resolve is free and arguably better then both. Come and learn how to use it. Hollywood already does.



    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 £149.00
  15. Graphic design for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gillian Fielden
    This introduction to graphic design will guide you through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles, enabling you to create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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