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. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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
    Course start date:  Mon 9 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Michael Harding, Andrew McCarten, George Stickney, Pam Williams
    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.
    Full fee £1,349.00 Senior fee £1,079.00 Concession £944.00
  2. City Lit ceramics portfolio
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Cooper, Ruth Franklin
    Sorry this course is now full for 22/23











    Attending two days a week, you will develop your ceramic techniques and drawing skills to build a portfolio of 2D and 3D work. Focus on the development of your personal ideas within a structure of varied projects, which could lead onto study in further and higher education. Some materials are included.







    Term dates :



    11th Jan - 29th March



    19th April - 12th July.
    Full fee £3,129.00 Senior fee £2,503.00 Concession £2,034.00
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  3. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    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.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £389.00
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  4. Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Spain
    Learn paper repair including toning, lining and infilling, and the repair and conservation of tight and hollow-backed full, half or quarter leather-bindings. Ideal if you have some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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  5. Contemporary painting studio
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison, Amanda Knight, Lucinda Oestreicher
    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 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
    Full fee £869.00 Senior fee £695.00 Concession £565.00
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  6. Advanced print and media
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This advanced course explores how printmaking is used by contemporary artists across a range of media. Over the course of 20 weeks you will develop a portfolio of work using both traditional and digital print techniques working both within the print workshop and the digital lab. The course culminates with a public exhibition of work, and the production of a print publication. As you acquire advanced printmaking skills you will be encouraged to explore your own ideas and themes developing a sustainable art practice that is both meaningful to you and relevant to the contemporary art world.
    Full fee £1,459.00 Senior fee £1,167.00 Concession £1,021.00
  7. Ceramics: Earthenware, Saggar, Raku and Pit firing
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carina Ciscato, Brigit Connolly, Robert Cooper
    Exploring earthenware special affects using saggars, different clay slips, terra sigillata and burnishing using hand building and throwing processes. We will also be making up Raku glazes and clay bodies for use at the end of the course which will be the 31st March & 1st April, two days using Oxford University Kiln site, doing a range of firings : sawdust, pit firing and Raku.



    Learners must have some experience of making in clay.
    Full fee £1,299.00 Senior fee £1,039.00 Concession £844.00
  8. City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Baldwin
    Investigate textile structures and surfaces through this project based course. Develop an experimental portfolio of 2D and 3D stitched samples, sketchbook research and aim towards a finished piece.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  9. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon English, Ute Kreyman, Marcus Richards
    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 entry to our UAL-validated, Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £524.00
  10. City Lit mixed media and drawing projects
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin
    The City Lit mixed media and drawing projects course will introduce you to a wide range of exciting projects across two terms, exploring drawing, collage and printmaking, working in both two and three dimensional contexts. The course promotes and encourages engagement and experimentation with different techniques, materials and concepts, developing a portfolio of diverse and personal creative work.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  11. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    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.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £357.00
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  12. City Lit photography projects
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Delve deep into the world of photography, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in developing the confidence and skills required for your own photographic practice.







    The City Lit photography projects course offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. You will get to grips with your camera, explore different photographic techniques and gain new skills using industry equipment and software. Working through a series of creative projects you will start developing your own ideas and finish the course with an extensive portfolio of photographic work.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  13. City Lit graphic design projects
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Discover and develop key design skills and gain an insight and understanding of techniques used in the exciting world of Graphic Design. City Lit graphic design projects provides an opportunity to unlock your creativity and explore a range of experimental approaches in contemporary design. Build confidence and skills, responding to industry realistic set briefs.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  14. Advanced ceramics
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sara Radstone, Annie Turner
    Designed for Intermediate / Advanced level. Students will be encouraged to develop their practical skills alongside critical thinking leading to a more personal visual language.



    Through an experimental approach, students will be encouraged to extend their knowledge and experience with a variety of hand building techniques and to build an understanding of a range of clays and their properties. Also to explore fully the potential of colour and glazed surface.
    Full fee £999.00 Senior fee £799.00 Concession £649.00
  15. Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Spain
    Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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