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: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 7 Jun 2021 (and 2 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.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our photography courses

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    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  2. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.

    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £175.00
  3. Introduction to working in metal
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    'Steel' the show with your metalwork. If you've ever fancied having a go at creative metal sculpting, join us for this hands-on introduction to all the tools and techniques you need to cut, bend, weld and join steel. Bring along your own ideas and scrap metal to create a striking small-scale sculpture.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
  4. Drawing and painting: personal projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own ideas in drawing and painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed 'Drawing 1' or ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting continued’ or equivalent drawing and painting courses.

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Drawing 2
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your knowledge of basic drawing skills and concepts, work with a range of media and approaches, and explore various artists' drawings. Produce exciting and personal images, and build confidence in tackling more complex drawings.

    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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  6. Introduction to clothes making
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 30 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to use a sewing machine and use simple techniques and processes. Begin with sampling before moving on to the construction of a simple top.

    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 £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £152.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  7. Ways into abstract painting
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.

    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  8. Beginners' bookbinding
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of the handmade book in this 5 day introduction to the craft of bookbinding. You will be introduced to the tools and materials needed to create folded, simple sewn books and more complex stitched bindings with flexible and hard covers.

    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 £289.00 Senior fee £289.00 Concession £145.00
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  9. Portraits 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 28 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ideal for beginners and improvers. Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
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    100% of 100
  10. Drawing 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 9 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.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  11. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  12. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore basic graphic design and illustration techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator with the opportunity to draw and design on paper and execute in Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pen tools, colour, gradients and type.

    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Pottery: evening course
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    For those with previous experience who want to work towards their own goals, or for beginners who want to learn hand-building and throwing processes. We will also cover glazing and surface decoration.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  14. Carving in wood
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have you ever fancied having a go at sculpting in wood? Or perhaps you are experienced at it but would like expert guidance to develop your ideas? This comprehensive course encourages wood carvers of all levels to bring along their ideas and see how they can be developed. You will be taught how to make models of your designs, upscale and transpose these, and use professional carving tools to produce beautiful pieces in wood.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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    100% of 100
  15. SketchUp Pro for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms with this easy-to-use and intuitive program. It is a perfect addition to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00

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