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:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 7 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. 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
  3. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Baker Kenton
    Course project: Explore new ways to create layered contemporary prints with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Advanced Project: Alternatively, students might choose to work towards the completion of a personal project using different processes.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
  4. Introduction to AutoCAD 2D
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Piera Dencker-Rasmussen de Mascoli
    AutoCAD is an essential part of the work process for engineers, designers, architects and visualisers. This course will teach you to create 2D technical drawings on Mac in one of the leading CAD design programmes.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  5. Calligraphy: start lettering
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Personalised hand lettered designs can be used on greetings cards or just as a way to relax. In this beginners course you will learn the basic lettering strokes and then progress to creating styles of your own. You don’t have to worry about purchasing fancy expensive tools; all you will need are regular pens and paper that you probably have at home.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  6. Saturday portraiture studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Luke Jones
    An opportunity to paint and draw from the live model under the guidance of an experienced tutor in portraiture. Helpful technical aspects will be explored and as the course progresses also ideas in portraiture, for example, how we convey atmosphere and tell a story in a portrait.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  7. Large-scale mixed media projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    An exciting short experimental course to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images on a large scale. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  8. Hand knitting for improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Claire Montgomerie
    Take your knitting beyond simple stocking stitch, adding colour and texture by playing with stitches, stripes and learning techniques such as lace and Aran knitting.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  9. Vectorworks: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    Revise and develop your Vectorworks skills further and explore more advanced processes to create professional presentations of your 3D designs and plans. Suitable for those who have completed the Vectorworks for Beginners course or who have a good grounding in the basics of this professional application.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  10. Calligraphy: brush lettering
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sharon Shaw
    Learn how to create calligraphic lettering with a pointed brush to liven up your greetings cards, make posters and more. This introduction to writing with a brush is an ideal entry into the world of calligraphy and creative handwriting.



    This course is perfect for all abilities and left and right-handers who have never used a brush pen or calligraphy pen, or those who have just started to dabble in lettering. We’ll begin by laying down a foundation of strokes and develop a strategy for practising time-effectively and mindfully with intention.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Documentary filmmaking: focus on B-roll
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    B-roll makes up the lion share of every documentary. It adds dimension and interest to your story. Find out about how to find, shoot and use good B-roll, including sound.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  12. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
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  13. Bookbinding: leather paring and knife sharpening
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Paring and sharpening are skills essential for advanced bookbinding.



    Learn the first principles of these specialised skills in a simple to understand way that builds confidence.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  14. Introduction to stone setting: casting with stones
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aurelie Dellasanta
    Ever wondered how stones are cast into metal or found your wax carved settings have changed in the lost-wax casting process? This course will introduce you to the principles of wax-carved settings for lost-wax casting and how stones can be cast directly into metal using cuttlefish and delft-clay sand casting.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  15. Learn to print digital textiles
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Suk Han Lee
    Learn how you can develop and print digitally printed textile designs on this introductory course. This course is taught in our digital lab at City Lit. Please note that use macs and adobe creative software on this course. Some experience in using IOS and Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop will be beneficial for this course.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00

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