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. Photography for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Always wondered what half the buttons on your camera actually do? Discover how to use them properly and produce impressive photographs, even as a complete beginner. Gain useful technical knowledge and get expert creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step before enrolling on our intermediate courses. Image - Alice Danger.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  2. Drawing 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  3. Calligraphy and illumination
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Study writing, design and illumination and learn how to choose and use basic materials. This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as for those with some experience. Left handers are welcome.



    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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  4. Contemporary printmaking studio
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. All levels of experience welcome. Beginners will follow a step-by-step introduction to a range of processes; those with experience can develop personal projects with expert guidance.



    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 £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £451.00
  5. Hand knitting for beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This intensive course will inspire a passion for hand knitting, colour and texture.The perfect way to get started.



    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  6. Introduction to AutoCAD 2D
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    AutoCAD is an essential part of the work process for engineers, designers, architects and visualisers. This course will teach you to create 2D technical drawings on Mac in one of the leading CAD design programmes.



    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £140.00
  7. Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experimental drawing exploration using paper collage. Develop creative ideas for textiles exploring texture, colour, proportion and composition through cutting, ripping, layering, intercutting and 2D construction.



    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  8. Museum drawing at home
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this sketchbook course, museum drawing will be recreated at home, with personal possessions and found items forming the collection of drawn items. A variety of drawing media and techniques will be explored.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  9. City Lit animation: part 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Passionate about animation? Fancy developing professional skills in traditional and digital animation techniques, taught by professional animators in our fully-equipped studio?



    In this Part 1 of a 3 Parts course you will learn how to use Adobe After Effects to create exciting digital cut out animations incorporating still and moving image footage, and how to create and animate both 2D and 3D puppets.



    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 £649.00 Senior fee £519.00
  10. Introduction to art history
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Have you always been interested in art and want to get more out of looking at art and exhibitions? Develop your interpretative skills by exploring at how art is made, read and exhibited.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  11. The history of Western art in 100 paintings
    Last Few Places, 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
  12. Graphic design projects 1
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop key design skills and learn new techniques necessary for the exciting world of graphic design in the first of this 3 Part course. Part 1 is the chance to unlock your creativity and explore a range of experimental approaches in contemporary design.







    It is possible to join the course at any of the 3 stages or complete all 3 Parts over the year. Part 1 is ideal for complete beginners.



    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 £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  13. Photography projects 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Delve deep into the world of photography and get to grips with your camera, working with a selection of fundamental projects that will support you in learning both traditional and digital techniques. Photography Projects 1 kicks off a year long course that offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. This is the first part of the two-stage course, enabling you to gain the confidence and skills required to plan, shoot and edit your own photography project. Students who complete both stages of the course will achieve all of the learning outcomes and will have the opportunity to build an extensive portfolio of photographic work and present their final ideas in an exhibition. Hilary Stock images for the exhibition - I used to be a photography student 2020.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  14. Introduction to filmmaking: shoot and edit
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn all the stages of film making from initial pre- production planning through to post production editing. Whatever genre interests you, this course will give you the basic skills to realise your own short film production.



    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 £419.00 Senior fee £335.00 Concession £256.00
  15. Drawing and mindfulness
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore drawing and mindfulness and how the two disciplines support each other. Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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