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. Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lara Mantell
    Learn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Try it out: bookbinding
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nesta Davies
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  3. Essential photography skills: commercial photography
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Looking to work professionally as a photographer's assistant? Pick up key skills you will need on this practical course from camera systems, lighting solutions and paperwork to software workflow using Capture One Pro, Lightroom and Photoshop.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  4. A short introduction to laser cutting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sukhan Lee
    Explore digital manufacturing using laser cutting techniques producing surface decoration for accessory and fashion garments. Test and sample using fashion templates before cutting onto fabrics developing for a collection. Suitable for learners new to laser cutting.



    Some experience on Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator is required.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  5. Create a short film in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Kline
    Learn how to shoot, edit and export a short film in this fun, informative and fast paced introduction to film making.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Final Cut Pro X tips and tricks
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    This course offers some valuable insider tricks, best practice ideas and general tips on how to improve your editing and efficiency. Previous experience with FCPX 10.4 is essential.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Explore life drawing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Discover new ways of drawing the human body in a fun, fast paced session that combines practical exercises with a variety of techniques. For those with some previous experience in life drawing.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  8. Cyanotype printmaking in a day
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    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
  9. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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