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. Watercolour painting projects 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is ideal for those who have already explored the basic techniques of watercolour and would like to develop their skills further, ideally a follow on from Watercolour projects 1.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  2. Introduction to carving in wood or stone
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Gain inspiration for creating a carving, and learn about historical and contemporary artists. Learn techniques to realise your design in a choice of limestone or wood. Basic materials included. All levels welcome.



    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 £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
  3. Oil painting projects 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious and sensitive medium, which can be used to create expressive and complex images. This course is for oil painters with some experience who want to develop their own individual painting projects, with expert tutor 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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  4. Pottery: a taster course in throwing
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners who want to experience the basic techniques of throwing on the potter's wheel. Learn how to produce mugs, bowls and simple forms, as well as how to apply slips and glazes, on this five-day course.



    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 £449.00 Senior fee £359.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100
  5. Drawing 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021 (and 7 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.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Drawing 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  7. Develop a textile sketchbook
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore colour, texture, pattern and composition in a working sketchbook using a variety of creative mixed media and design processes. Generate imagery from original sources, discover their potential and work toward developed textile designs.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  8. Six-day taster course in ceramics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal if you are a beginner and would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery – throwing and hand building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course.



    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
  9. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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). 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 £599.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £300.00
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    100% of 100
  10. How to be a designer: developing personal projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    How to be a designer is intended for students who may have had some art and design training or who are keen to develop their own working practises further within the context of graphic design projects. It will challenge you to have agency with the design methods, to engage your interests in fresh perspectives and designed outcomes, and seek to support your own folios of work.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  11. Developing personal printmaking projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 May 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore new ways to push and develop mixed-media printmaking with collage, screenprint and photo-litho. Combine print processes to develop composite and layered contemporary prints. Work towards the production of a printmaking portfolio and take those next steps in becoming a confident printmaking.



    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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  12. Animal forms in ceramic
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have fun exploring the possibilities of designing small scale animal forms in clay. Slab and hand building will be taught along with tooling techniques to bring your figures to life. Some experience with clay is beneficial.



    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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  13. Animation with Adobe After Effects: stage 2
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Revise and develop your processes, techniques and skills in After Effects to produce more professional animation projects.



    Learn to manage your workflow professionally and create engaging characters and objects moving and interacting in 2D and 3D environments.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
  14. Four day taster course in ceramics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal if you are a beginner and would like to experience and explore the major ways of making pottery - throwing and hand building. Pots will be decorated, glazed and fired during the course.



    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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Adobe Premiere Pro to After Effects
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The potential to enhance your film project with animated SFX is limitless. You can add lifelike rain or battling laser beams or fireworks to a scene. Take your editing and film making to the next level by learning how to use the dynamic link between Premiere Pro and After Effects to add a range of exciting animated SFX to your film project.



    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). 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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00

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