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. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
  2. Photography for beginners: stage 1
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 5 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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  3. Drawing 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  4. Calligraphy and brush lettering
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come and learn how to write beautiful calligraphy with a pointed brush pen which you can use to create greeting cards, artwork, logos and much much more.

    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 £175.00
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  5. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display: part 2
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Are you interested in prop making for film, TV, theatre, window display, photographic industries or live events? Get to grips with everything you might encounter as a prop maker, from creatively interpreting a client's brief, to working to a budget and meeting deadlines. Learn to problem solve and apply a range of techniques to bring a 3D design concept to fruition, getting a real insight into the prop making industry and its challenges. This is part 2 of 'Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display' so is ideal if you have done part 1 or have some experience in prop making techniques. . https://www.citylit.ac.uk/blog/introduction-career-prop-making.

    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 £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
  6. Adobe Premiere Pro to After Effects
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 30 May 2021

    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) 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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £200.00
  7. Illustrator for textile design I
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Practise basic drawing using Adobe Illustrator tools to turn simple lines, shapes and colours into design elements for textile design. Learn vector-based skills using digital software developing ideas. Turn simple lines, shapes and

    colours into design elements for textile design. Suitable for beginners although basic computer skills are required.

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
  8. Textiles: recycle fabrics using kantha stitch
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Using techniques inspired by kantha quilting, recycle your old favourite fabrics. Blend old and new materials with simple running stitch to create several exploratory samples or a small resolved piece.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  9. Drawing and mindfulness
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. This course offers a great foundation in how these two disciplines complement each other leading to greater clarity of perception, responsiveness to your subject matter, and enrichment of drawing. A practical drawing course, from 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  10. Drawing 2
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021 (and 2 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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  11. Jewellery production: carving, casting and finishing
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Carve, model and experiment with jewellers wax; learn about the lost wax casting process, outsourcing, and how components and multiples are made, relevant to jewellery making and production. There will also be an introduction to low-fi casting methods: Delft-Clay (sand casting) and cuttlefish bone.

    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 £239.00 Concession £182.00
  12. Printmaking portfolio: personal projects
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 printmaker.

    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
  13. Introduction to carving in wood
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you're experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. We'll teach you to make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.

    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 £165.00
  14. Photography for beginners: stage 2
    Course Date:  Mon 14 Jun 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Already know the basics of photography but want to take things further? Refresh your knowledge, learn more advanced skills and develop your creative ideas, with an established professional photographer on hand for technical guidance and creative inspiration.

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00
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  15. How to create a graphic design portfolio
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the fundamental skills and different approaches to layout skills with this creative and practical workshop. Bring your projects and artwork along as you are guided towards building and developing a professional graphic design portfolio. The course encourages you to take risks, be playful and explore different ways of working, arranging and communicating your ideas and work. You will learn some of the core skills in layout, importing, exporting and printing through Adobe In-Design. Suitable for those with an interest in print based design, graphic design, illustration and those who want support in building an art and design portfolio for industry, application and beyond.

    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 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 £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00

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