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
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    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. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on creative layers
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anne-Marie Foster
    This course is a chance to develop personal artwork, using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Experiment and embrace the possibilities within combined layers and surface textures. Processes covered include monotype, screen-printing and etching/intaglio. All levels of experience welcome.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £487.00
  3. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  4. Watercolour painting for beginners
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    An introduction to the radiant qualities of watercolour painting. Through simple exercises, we'll explore watercolour techniques and mediums. The perfect way to start using watercolour.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  5. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you are 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 £509.00 Senior fee £407.00 Concession £331.00
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  6. Developing photography skills
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street 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
  7. City Lit photography projects
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Laura Vuoma, Matthew Ward
    Delve deep into the world of photography, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.







    The City Lit photography projects course offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. You will get to grips with your camera, explore different photographic techniques and gain new skills using industry equipment and software. Working through a series of creative projects you will start developing your own ideas and finish the course with an extensive portfolio of photographic work.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Drawing 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  11. Draw, paint, print
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mary Wintour
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  12. Drawing for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    Start drawing and learn 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 £119.00 Concession £119.00
  13. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Cyanotype is a photographic printing process which produces a beautiful deep blue print from a variety of artwork, including drawings, photographs, physical objects or combinations of all of these. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  14. Drawing 2
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    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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  15. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00

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