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. Animal forms in ceramics
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 12 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have fun exploring the possibilities of designing small scale animal forms in clay. Slab and hand building will be taught along with tooling techniques to bring your figures to life. Some experience with clay is beneficial.

    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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  2. Experimental screenprinting
    Course Date:  Wed 7 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £120.00
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  3. Painting 2
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Covers themes similar to those in 'Painting course 1', but in more depth and with a stronger emphasis on experimentation. Suitable if you already have some experience in painting. Basic materials included.

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  4. Artists moving image practice: personal project
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is aimed at practicing contemporary artists working, or interested in working, within the Moving Image. Through research, experimentation and play, you will develop new moving image work in an exploratory and supported workshop environment.

    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 £699.00 Senior fee £559.00 Concession £426.00
  5. Advanced video editing
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  6. Adobe Illustrator for jewellery design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £199.00 Concession £125.00
  7. Illustrative embroidery for textiles
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 16 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
  8. Develop your animation with Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether your interest is animated SFX, Motion graphics or character animation, this advanced fast paced After Effects course will move your work to a more professional level.

    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
  9. 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
  10. Graphic design projects 1
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop key design skills and learn new techniques necessary for the exciting world of graphic design in this first of this 3 Part course. Part 1 is the chance to unlock your creativity and explore a range of experimental approaches in contemporary design.



    It is possible to join the course at any of the 3 stages or complete all 3 Parts over the year. Part 1 is ideal for complete beginners.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  11. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 25 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An advanced 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.
    Full fee £1,149.00 Senior fee £919.00 Concession £781.00
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  12. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £1,749.00 Senior fee £1,749.00 Concession £1,189.00
  13. Graphic design projects 2
    Course Date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    City Lit Graphic Design Part 2 provides an opportunity to pursue your enthusiasm for visual communication, developing existing design skills by taking creative risks, engage in experimental approaches to design briefs, enhance creative thinking skills and gain an insight and understanding of contemporary design practices.

    It is still possible to join the course at this stage if you have not completed Part 1, however you will need to have some prior knowledge of the basic principles used in design and prior experience using the Adobe software programmes; InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  14. Graphic design projects 3
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of graphic design and its many changing forms by extending your skill set and developing your individual personal style on Part 3 of the City Lit Graphic Design course. There will be a chance to build a body of work that can be used towards a portfolio showcasing your ideas.



    This course is deal for those who have completed City Lit Graphic Design Part 2 (or similar) or for those interested in exploring visual communication in more depth – through more complex briefs.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  15. Motion graphics with Adobe After Effects: stage 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 5 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this course you will learn the key skills in using After Effects to transform your video projects. These include planning the project, organising and preparing the material, masking skills, key framing skills and working with layers. Each week the course takes you through a set of practical exercises that help you to develop these key skills. You will be encouraged to practise the techniques you’ve learned outside the course time. You will have the opportunity to develop your own After Effects project and get feedback from the tutor and your peers.

    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

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