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. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
  3. Developing screenprinting: experimental techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Holah
    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.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  4. 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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  5. Ceramics as a canvas: traditional slip decoration and surface treatments in clay
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amy Hughes
    Develop new skills in traditional ceramic decorating - including how to interpret patterns, text and drawings on a clay surface using slip-techniques, agates and textures. Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  6. 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
  7. Repair your jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    Got a favourite silver necklace that needs repairing, or a precious ring with loose stones? Why not learn to repair them yourself rather than handing them over to someone else? Pick up some of the skills needed for jewellery repair and maintenance on this popular course, mending damaged items and learning how to best clean and store jewellery to extend the life of your favourite pieces. Please note that this course does not cover re-stringing/beading as this course is aimed at repairing jewellery made of base and precious metals.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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  8. Watercolour painting studio: nature and colour
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hilary Rosen
    Celebrate the glorious colours found in nature by working from observation of natural forms. You will be encouraged to respond to the subject expressively using paint and other colour media to create a number of studies and one or more finished pieces.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  9. 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 £237.00
  10. 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
  11. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Beaded jewellery: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Beverley Sell
    Learn to make multi stranded beaded pieces and progress your beaded jewellery making techniques on this course for intermediate learners.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. A short introduction to DSLR filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lyndon Ives
    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot



    professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

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