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. City Lit advanced graphic design
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course will help you improve your skills in graphic design and visual communications in their broadest sense, for delivery or publication in print and online, working with text, image, layout, medium and message across a range of physical and digital media and formats.



    It is ideal for anyone who has already completed our City Lit graphics course, and for anyone wishing to build a more extensive and professional portfolio of graphics work, whilst developing a deeper understanding of the connection between text, image, message and media.



    Confirmed industry specialist guest visitor: Lydia Thornley, Designer, Creative Director and Reportage Illustrator.



    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 £2,199.00 Senior fee £1,759.00 Concession £1,495.00
  2. City Lit fine binding higher level: vellum
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Oct 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.



    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 £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £670.00
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  3. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  4. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This exciting and intensive course is a chance to develop key creative skills, methods and thinking in art and design, across 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies, to prepare you for application and entry to our UAL-validated, Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.30 - 16.30) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (17:30 - 20:00) on Wednesday evenings.



    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 £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £509.00
  5. Advanced visual communications: where is the truth?
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    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 £759.00 Senior fee £607.00 Concession £516.00
  6. City Lit fine art course: year 1
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Oct 2021

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

    Build an individual fine art practice by exploring painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media and contextual studies, across a series of structured projects in live on-line classes allowing you to participate from home or in your own workspace. You will be expected to keep up with current art practice and exhibitions, on-line and/or in your locality. Weekly on-line group tutorials will help you adopt an independent and experimental approach to your work. The course can be taken for personal development, or act as a bridge between adult short courses and entry to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You will need to provide your own basic materials, a list is provided but to start with in weeks 1 & 2 - just some paper and charcoal! Please contact the department to arrange an interview for this course.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,849.00 Senior fee £1,479.00 Concession £1,257.00
  7. Contemporary practice: personal project
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

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

    Develop your creativity and a body of contemporary art work at an advanced level through the experimental exploration of a personal project. The course is facilitated by practising artists, theorists and curators, who will support you through guided critical and creative research, experimental workshops, critical studies, studio practice and one-to-one tutorials.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,427.00
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  8. Developing art practice
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

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

    This advanced course for developing and practicing artists consists of work-based seminars facilitated by peers and artist-tutors, giving you the opportunity to develop and present your work for critical discussion. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, encourages collaborative projects as well as online discussion and debate.



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £949.00 Senior fee £949.00 Concession £645.00
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  9. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A multi-disciplinary course that will help broaden your skills and experience. Record, imagine, visualise, transform, narrate and develop through a series of practical projects. This exciting course is designed to help you place drawing at the centre of your chosen artistic discipline.



    This course requires a pre-enrolment application. Please click 'Start Assessment' on the right hand side of this page to start your application. EDAM Handbook







    EDAM Archive.



    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 £1,149.00 Senior fee £919.00 Concession £781.00
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  10. Advanced figure and portrait
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; this is an exciting advanced course for those with experience of working with the figure and/or portrait who would like the challenge of exploring new perspectives on the figurative tradition in drawing, painting and mixed media.



    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 £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,461.00
  11. The history of Western art in 100 paintings
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A chronological introduction to Western art from c.1250 to the present day, taught by looking at artworks in London’s galleries, and related materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £559.00 Senior fee £447.00 Concession £341.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100

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