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. Foundation diploma in art and design
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

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

    The UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at City Lit is an exciting and challenging multi-disciplinary art, design, craft and media programme. It is designed to give you the best possible introduction to a wide range of materials, techniques and processes, and to support you in identifying and developing your creative interests and thinking. Validated by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, it is an internationally recognised qualification with a UCAS tariff that enables you to apply directly to University.

    The course fee is £5421, plus an upfront fee of £100 payable at the time of your enrolment. If you are unable to pay the course fees, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the course fee, repayable after the course ends. A deposit of £200 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

    For more information, please call Art and design (pre 1920) on 020 7492 2700/2703.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5,521.00 Senior fee £5,521.00 Concession £5,521.00
  2. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £509.00
  3. City Lit beginners' jewellery
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    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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  4. City Lit fine binding higher level: vellum
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    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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  5. 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 £720.00
  6. City Lit interior design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An exciting chance to learn from professional practitioners of contemporary interior design and decoration, and to build an informed, creative and individual portfolio. The first term introduces key concepts and specialist skills including taster sessions in Computer Aided Design (CAD) using SketchUp Pro. The core part of the course will be traditional drawing techniques, use of colour, space and material, styles and sustainability. The second term emphasises project development, creative problem solving and presentation techniques. This intensive course is for beginners as well as those with some experience in the subject.
    Full fee £1,549.00 Senior fee £1,239.00 Concession £1,053.00
  7. City Lit fine jewellery
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    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your jewellery design and making on this year-long advanced evening course. From idea to product, finesse your technical skills, discover your design identity and approach professional practice and presentation, with the guidance of expert tutors.
    Full fee £1,249.00 Senior fee £1,249.00 Concession £849.00
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  8. Contemporary practice: personal project
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)

    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.
    Full fee £2,099.00 Senior fee £1,679.00 Concession £1,427.00
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  9. Developing art practice
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)

    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.
    Full fee £949.00 Senior fee £949.00 Concession £645.00
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  10. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £649.00 Senior fee £519.00 Concession £396.00
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  11. Extended drawing for artists and makers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 25 Nov 2020 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An advanced 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.
    Full fee £1,149.00 Senior fee £919.00 Concession £781.00
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  12. Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £1,749.00 Senior fee £1,749.00 Concession £1,189.00
  13. City Lit advanced print and media
    Course Date:  Thu 26 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)

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

    (click here to see an exhibition of work by students on the course )



    This advanced course explores the creative potential within combined digital and print media. It is designed to allow printmakers and digital artists to develop interdisciplinary thinking and practice across both traditional and contemporary forms, at advanced practical and conceptual levels.
    Full fee £2,199.00 Senior fee £1,759.00 Concession £1,495.00
  14. Advanced figure and portrait
    Course 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.
    Full fee £2,149.00 Senior fee £1,719.00 Concession £1,461.00
  15. City Lit advanced graphic design
    Course 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.
    Full fee £2,199.00 Senior fee £1,759.00 Concession £1,495.00

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