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. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.

    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 £250.00
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  2. Clay sculpture: portrait head
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    The head is the focal point of each person; create a portrait that examines both the structure as well as the emotion of the model.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
  3. Advanced visual communications: where is the truth?
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This advanced course examines the representation of truth and the manipulation of meaning through text and image, an issue with critical importance for the current times, from a number of perspectives. Working across a range of media and techniques employed in creative design and visual communications, we will examine examples in print, broadcast and on-line media.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £649.00 Senior fee £519.00 Concession £396.00
  4. City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Explore various ways of colouring and printing onto fabric through this project based course. Introducing techniques and design process develop a portfolio of textile samples, a sketchbook of research and aim towards finished 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 £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £200.00
  5. Carving in stone
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Get inspired by stone carving, learn carving techniques and create your own small carving in stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers, this course will explore the characteristics of stone, lead you through the steps of design and carving, and encourage you to explore and develop your ideas and try more experimental techniques.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £200.00
  6. Contemporary painting studio
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

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

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £799.00 Senior fee £639.00 Concession £487.00
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  7. Art evolutions: Post-Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore art and culture in the early 20th century, focussing on the major developments and movements in art including Cubism, Abstraction, Dada and Surrealism and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.

    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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  8. In depth: late Renaissance
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the incredible progress of High and Late Renaissance art and ideas in Northern Italy and Western Europe. We look at key artists and their patrons; painting, sculpture and decorative arts.

    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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  9. Clothes making III
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Refine your sewing skills on this advanced sewing class. Learn to cut and sew neatly working from a jacket pattern.

    Gain experience and knowledge in working with soft fabrics. Suitable for those with some sewing

    experience.

    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
  10. Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.

    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
  11. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Course Date: Wed 9 Jun 2021 (and 5 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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  12. Foundation diploma in art and design
    Course Date: Mon 13 Sep 2021

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



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £100.00 Senior fee £100.00 Concession £100.00
  13. City Lit beginners' jewellery
    Course Date: Mon 27 Sep 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Ever wanted to try making your own jewellery but not sure where to start? Delve into this intricate and rewarding craft with our year long structured beginner's course. Pick up the basics in everything from research and design to technical skills including soldering, annealing, etching and stone setting.
    Full fee £1,599.00 Senior fee £1,279.00 Concession £975.00
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  14. City Lit fine binding higher level: vellum
    Course Date: Tue 28 Sep 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to make a stiff-boarded binding in full vellum. Practise ‘pulling’ (disbinding) a book, preparing it for rebinding, making endpapers, edge-gilding, sewing multi-coloured end-bands, and preparing and covering with vellum. Suitable for advanced level students.
    Full fee £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £670.00
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  15. City Lit bookbinding
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Sep 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
    Full fee £1,059.00 Senior fee £847.00 Concession £646.00

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