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. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.

    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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  2. Drawing 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  3. Introduction to Japanese woodcut printmaking
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. No prior experience necessary.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  4. Ceramics on Sunday
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you want to get your hands on clay and make finished ceramics work? Familiarise yourself with the properties and processes of clay by shaping your ideas and working with techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab building on this introductory course.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £365.00
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  5. Oil painting projects 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of delicate transparency and rich impasto effects. It holds many challenges for the beginner, but this course will offer a clear, structured way into the essentials and beauty of oil painting. The course is for beginners and/or painters who want to learn to use the medium with confidence from scratch. Students will develop a feel for paint handling which will build skills and feed progress in oil painting.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  6. Introduction to sculpture
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The ultimate introduction to sculpture at City Lit. In each class of this five-day hands-on course you will be introduced to a different sculptural technique and material, by a tutor who is a specialist in that area. This will provide you with a showcase of our sculpture facilities and teaching talent at City Lit. This course is perfect for beginners who want to try out a range of sculptural processes, perhaps to find your area of interest for further study.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  7. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 14 Mar 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    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 £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  8. 50 projects in graphic design
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    With an emphasis on an experimental approach to generating images and visualising ideas, this fast moving graphic design course will unlock your creativity through a combination of hands-on and basic computer techniques using Adobe CC.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  9. Photojournalism and documentary photography
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

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

    A picture paints a thousand words. Develop your creative ability to communicate through photography and get a fascinating insight into the world of documentary photography and photojournalism. Work on assignments and location shoots, develop your technique and style, and explore the practical, theoretical and ethical dimensions of photojournalism.



    If requested, you will be supplied with an Adobe license with access to the full Creative cloud suite of programs including Photoshop and Lightroom for the duration of the course. Please request this by emailing digitalarts.tech@citylit.ac.uk once you have enrolled. Photoshop is not required for this course but you may wish to additionally experiment with digital image software during the period of your study. Image - Esther Kersley.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £169.00
  10. Experimental etching
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the possibilities of experimental mark-making using etching techniques. Take a playful approach to printing your etching plate by layering colour and texture and discover the complex and beautiful images that can develop. For all levels.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
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  11. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
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  12. Watercolour painting projects 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Be introduced to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. You will be guided through a series of short creative projects inIncluding working from still life observation.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  13. Beginners' jewellery I
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 10 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn all the basics of metal jewellery work by making a range of sample pieces in copper and a finished jewellery piece of your own design. You will be shown how to buy silver so you can take home at least one wearable piece.
    Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £207.00
  14. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 10 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Want to edit video like a professional? Get to grips with industry software Adobe Premiere Pro and learn the fundamentals of this industry standard package alongside the basic principles of editing moving image footage. Become familiar and work with the most important technical and conceptual conventions in video editing.

    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 £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
  15. Experimental filmmaking
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Push boundaries exploring experimental digital film making. Explore ideas, develop skills and create your own personal project using professional equipment and software. Invaluable for film makers and artists who wish to enhance their moving image practice.

    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 £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00

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