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. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discussion. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, encourages collaborative projects as well as online discussion and debate.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £949.00 Senior fee £949.00 Concession £645.00
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  2. Designing textiles using Photoshop stage II
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This is a practical and fun course to extend your creative direction pushing your understanding of designing textiles and repeat pattern knowledge using Photoshop.



    You will be taken through a well-constructed and structured pathway learning skills and techniques to help you to build a textile collection.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
  3. Life drawing and painting studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This life drawing and painting course is suitable for students with some experience in drawing and painting who are interested in developing their skills working from the life model. You will be able to work on your own self-directed projects with the guidance of our expert tutor.



    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 £146.00
  4. Artists sketchbook walk
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Develop your creative and critical engagement in the settings of London's cutting-edge independent galleries and artists' spaces. You will build a sketch book / journal recording your work, ideas and findings.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
  5. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Want to experience working with one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with precious metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure silver when fired.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  6. A short introduction to freeform modelling in Rhino
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Through a combination of lectures and practical demonstrations, this introductory course offers an invaluable chance for beginners to learn the basics of freeform modelling in Rhino.



    This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  7. Focus on: Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores the life and work of Jackson Pollock – whose career Peggy Guggenheim would launch with an exhibition in 1943, and whom she would later consider her greatest discovery.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  8. Introduction to diamonds
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the diamond trade, different types of diamonds on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Upcycled textile jewellery: plait
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to hand plait your own colourful bracelets from fabric remnants, ribbons, or that old tee-shirt! Be inspired by this workshop led by textile artist Tanvi Kant who will show you how to repurpose textiles at home into something special to gift to yourself or a loved one. You will experience how acquiring new skills creatively helps you focus to maintain general well-being.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  10. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and develop personal work in intaglio and relief printmaking. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.



    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  11. Saturday portraiture studio
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 25 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  12. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you interested in a career in window display? On this course you will explore techniques used by professionals to produce effective props and sets. Get hands-on experience of sculpting, fabricating, mould making, casting and using paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from specialist tutors, and have a go at translating your own ideas into 3D.



    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 £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  13. Textiles: experimental hand stitch
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A contemporary approach to hand stitching and embroidery exploring a variety of traditional stitches and techniques. Create experimental and expressive samples using traditional and non-traditional materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00
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