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. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Course Date:  Fri 14 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    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 £115.00
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  2. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.

    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 £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00
  3. Introduction to working in metal
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    'Steel' the show with your metalwork. If you've ever fancied having a go at creative metal sculpting, join us for this hands-on introduction to all the tools and techniques you need to cut, bend, weld and join steel. Bring along your own ideas and scrap metal to create a striking small-scale sculpture.

    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 £229.00 Concession £140.00
  4. Drawing and painting: personal projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own ideas in drawing and painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed 'Drawing 1' or ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting continued’ or equivalent drawing and painting courses.

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Vectorworks for beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to draw 2D and 3D design ideas using a computer. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modeling and landscaping.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00
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  6. 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
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to design and manipulate vector graphics to create graphics, logos and simple illustrations using Adobe Illustrator.

    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 £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00
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  8. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Course Date:  Tue 8 Jun 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop, with a focus on learning to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.

    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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £175.00
  9. Narrative filmmaking
    Course Date:  Mon 24 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to produce, shoot and edit your own short film. Explore what steps are necessary to construct an exciting narrative. Learn about preparation, storyboarding, experimenting with different shots and camera movements, and the basics of digital editing to produce your own short movie to use as a film festival entry or a path to Higher level film courses.

    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
  10. Sculpture: inspired by Rodin
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    In City Lit’s sculpture studio try out selected techniques used by Rodin to create your own sculptures, inspired by the Tate Modern’s ‘The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin’ exhibition.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £125.00
  11. Drawing and mindfulness: summer retreat
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Drawing and mindfulness: summer retreat is a brand new 5 day online course, where you will explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Investigate how integrating mindfulness with drawing can lead to greater clarity of perception, responsiveness to your materials and subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. During the 5 day retreat you will aim to move away from everyday tensions and concerns and give yourself time to the act of drawing and other creative processes. You will build a sense of continuity, momentum and community led by professional artists and practioners within the art of mindfulness. Join us for a practical drawing course inspired by both observation and the imagination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £180.00
  12. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 30 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to use a sewing machine and use simple techniques and processes. Begin with sampling before moving on to the construction of a simple top.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00
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  13. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.

    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  14. Calligraphy and decorated letterforms
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to create decorative letterforms to use as individual pieces or incorporate into your calligraphy work. This course will not only show you how to design and draw illuminated letters, but will introduce you to some of the history behind this beautiful art form.

    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 £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £182.00
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  15. Life figurative sculpture intensive
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Create a figurative clay sculpture from observing a life model. Learn basic anatomy as well as gaining clay modelling techniques. Beginners are welcome on this intensive 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 £349.00 Concession £213.00

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