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. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Rodin and learn how to capture the human figure, both physically and emotionally, on this fascinating practical sculpting course. You will work from a life model to develop your own clay sculpture of the human form.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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    93% of 100
  2. Jewellery: design lab
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
    Fancy working on your own jewellery projects in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? Join our interactive jewellery design lab to perfect your skills, try different techniques, and discover new design approaches. Develop your own projects with expert guidance, and step outside your comfort zone to produce top-quality pieces.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £292.00
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    93% of 100
  3. Carving in wood or stone
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Belinda Edwards
    Get inspired by trying carving techniques in stone or wood and create your own small carving in wood and stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of wood and stone, lead you through the steps of design and carving, encourage you to explore and develop your ideas, and try more experimental techniques.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  4. Pottery: introduction to throwing and decoration
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Spence
    Learn basic throwing skills to enable you to make a variety of forms including bowls, vases and lidded forms. Gain a basic understanding of surface decoration using glazes, underglazes, oxides and slips.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £324.00
  5. City Lit textiles: mixed media
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Louise Baldwin
    Investigate mixed-media textiles through this project-based course which introduces a variety of materials, techniques and design processes. You will develop a creative portfolio of textile samples using sketchbook research and finally work towards a finished piece.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  6. City Lit interior design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nesta Morgan
    An exciting chance to learn from professional practitioners of contemporary interior design and decoration, and to build an informed, creative, and professional portfolio invaluable for gaining commissions. This intensive practical course takes you through every step of the professional Interior Design process from negotiating briefs with clients, to creating accurate and engaging plans in 2D and 3D and developing and presenting your ideas professionally. Suitable for beginners and for those who wish to revise and develop their skills, this course offers an excellent opportunity for enhancing your home, gaining entry onto higher level courses or for entry into the workplace.



    We offer taster courses in creating plans using Computer Aided Design skills in this course but you are recommended to extend and enhance your Computer Aided Design skills in the third term by enrolling on our VF488 Visualising your drawings in 3D using CAD which revises and develops skills in project presentation gained during term one and two.
    Full fee £909.00 Senior fee £727.00 Concession £591.00
  7. Ceramics diploma workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jim Gladwin
    For ceramics diploma students only.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  8. City Lit bookbinding
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    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 £1,159.00 Senior fee £927.00 Concession £753.00
  9. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  10. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    An intermediate-level course for students with some experience. Learn new skills and techniques. Develop and build on existing knowledge in traditional and contemporary bookbinding, including leather paring and fine binding.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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  11. City Lit fine jewellery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone, Rae Duncan, Emilia Netto, Katrin Spranger
    This advanced course will refine your existing jewellery making and design skills, through sessions in the workshop and guided independent study tasks. With an ethos of ‘idea to product,’ developing your personal research, design and making approach, there will be structured modules and projects encouraging you to build on your technical skills, presentation, and professional practice. We will explore material, finish and construction, alongside professional practice methodologies such as drawing, prototyping, outsourcing, pricing, and selling. The course culminates with working towards the production of a final body of work to be exhibited in public.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £1,049.00
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  12. City Lit fine jewellery workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Work independently on your own jewellery projects in our well equipped jewellery workshop. This is an opportunity for self-directed and untutored bench time, sharing the studio with the year long VV414 City Lit fine jewellery course.
    Full fee £699.00 Senior fee £699.00 Concession £489.00
  13. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister, Gareth Berwyn, Thomas Gosebruch, David Holah, Claire Hynds
    This year-long advanced course is aimed at artist/printmakers wishing to develop a sustainable personal practice. Guided through research, experimentation and developmental tasks, you will eventually focus on a long term project of your own choice, as you progress towards a final body of work. The course involves theoretical, contextual and practical components.
    Full fee £1,799.00 Senior fee £1,439.00 Concession £1,259.00
  14. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Evening
    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







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    Full fee £1,199.00 Senior fee £959.00 Concession £839.00
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  15. City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 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 £719.00 Senior fee £575.00 Concession £467.00
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