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 fine art: year 2
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Brian Hodgson, Monika Kita, Amanda Knight, Ute Kreyman, Bettina Reiber, Steven Scott
    Consolidating the experience gained in year 1 of CLFA, you will pursue a more individual, self-motivated route, resulting in a body of work that reflects your own interests. You will have one-to-one tutorials and production sessions that allow you explore and refine your creative skills, plus seminars and lectures in which you will engage with new ideas and contexts; all delivered by experienced, practising artists. Basic materials are provided for working in the City Lit studios, but you may be required to source your own specialist materials, depending on your choices.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,949.00 Senior fee £1,559.00 Concession £1,364.00
  2. Advanced painting: practice and discourse
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Tutors:  Gareth Berwyn, Michael Harding, Amanda Knight, Kim Scouller
    Develop your painting in greater depth on this advanced course, working with a team of artist-tutors and a committed network of peer-practitioners, across a set of projects focusing on a range of contemporary themes, processes, and debates. The course is intended for experienced painters with a positive and enquiring attitude to the practices and discourses of painting in its various forms, and a commitment to peer-dialogue and critical discussion. Focused and intensive studio-based weekend projects (once per month), are interspersed with weekly online tutorials, feedback, discussion and seminars.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,504.00
  3. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022 (and 2 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
  4. City Lit sculpture
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew Revell
    Do you ever dream of building your own individual sculpture practice? This inspiring, year-long course will challenge your thinking and help you identify themes and ideas that interest you; it will encourage you to experiment with all sorts of materials and processes, and build your confidence and capability to develop your own independent sculptural practice.
    Full fee £2,199.00 Senior fee £1,759.00 Concession £1,429.00
  5. City Lit fine art: year 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Tutors:  Ruth Franklin, Alexandra Harley, Desmond Haughton, Brian Hodgson, Monika Kita, Amanda Knight, Ute Kreyman, Steven Scott
    Build an individual fine art practice by exploring painting, drawing, sculpture, print, digital media and contextual studies, across a series of structured projects in live on-line and studio based classes. Weekly on-line participation from home (or your own workspace) is combined with fortnightly attendance at the City Lit studios. Regular group discussions and tutorials will help you adopt an independent and experimental approach to your work.You will be expected to keep up with current art practice and exhibitions, on-line and/or in your locality.







    The course can be taken for personal creative development, or act as a bridge between adult short courses and entry to undergraduate and postgraduate Fine Art courses. Basic materials are provided for working in the city Lit studios, but you may be required to source your own specialist materials, depending on your choices. Each term will include one additional off-site gallery visit or external activity, dates subject to opportunites.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,949.00 Senior fee £1,559.00 Concession £1,364.00
  6. City Lit fine art: year 3
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley, Amanda Knight, Steven Scott
    Consolidating the experience gained in year 1 and 2 of CLFA, or building upon experience of practicing to an equivalent level, you will pursue an individual, self-motivated route through year 3. This will be based upon an existing portfolio and ongoing creative projects and is designed to support your development of a body of new creative work that reflects and extends your personal creative practice. You will have group seminars, one-to-one tutorials and supported self-motivated production sessions that allow you explore and refine your skills and creative ideas. There will be seminars and lectures in which you will engage with ideas and contexts and examples of professional practice that support your development of a sustainable personal creative practice. Basic materials included. Please contact the department to arrange an interview for this course.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £1,389.00 Senior fee £1,111.00 Concession £972.00
  7. Contemporary practice: personal project
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Blended (learn both online and in-person)

    Tutors:  Ian Tucknott
    On this course you will develop your creativity, your personal artistic understanding, 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 and theorists, who will support you through guided critical and creative research, experimental workshops, critical studies, studio practice and tutorials.



    This course will be delivered online and in person. 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 £1,469.00
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  8. Advanced children's book illustration: professional practice
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Zehra Hicks, Dee Shulman
    Interested in a career in Children’s Book Illustration, or advancing your practice to the next level? With the guidance and support of your tutors, you will have the opportunity to engage with experienced industry professionals, and develop your practice and personal visual vocabulary to a professional standard.







    Confirmed visitors/speakers include:



    - Annie Eaton, former editorial director, Random House Penguin



    - Margaret Hope, art director, Welbeck Publishing Group



    - Arabella Stein, Managing Director, Bright Agency.
    Full fee £2,399.00 Senior fee £1,919.00 Concession £1,679.00
  9. City Lit children's book illustration projects
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Kate Rolfe, Dee Shulman
    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions. The City Lit children’s book illustration course offers the opportunity for students to explore children’s book illustration in depth, working towards a portfolio of creative work and image making in the context of the current children's book market.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  10. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow, Rolina Elsje Blok, Ute Kreyman, Joe Richardson, Heidi Wigmore
    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 discourse. The course includes individual tutorials and mentoring, critical investigation via group crits, visits to galleries and artist-run organisations, collaborative work and discussion and debate. This course will be delivered onsite.
    Full fee £1,099.00 Senior fee £879.00 Concession £769.00
  11. City Lit illustration projects
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Graff
    Discover your creative voice by opening to the endless possibility of illustration. Through the exploration of media, techniques and processes you will discover your unique voice and learn how to express it through image-making. The City Lit Illustration projects course will equip you with the confidence and skills to respond to industry realistic set briefs and is suitable for anyone who enjoys the process of making imagery and wants to bring more meaning to their drawing.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  12. City Lit graphic design projects
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022

    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
  13. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Annie Attridge, Sue Baker Kenton, Ruth Brison, Claire Hynds, Ute Kreyman, Mario Lautier Vella, Faith Vincent
    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.
    Full fee £1,199.00 Senior fee £959.00 Concession £839.00
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  14. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 3 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 £509.00 Senior fee £407.00 Concession £331.00
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  15. Advanced figure and portrait
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon, Desmond Haughton, Brian Sayers, Kim Scouller, Benjamin Senior, Andrea Voisey
    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.
    Full fee £2,299.00 Senior fee £1,839.00 Concession £1,609.00

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