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. Textiles: introduction to creative machine embroidery
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover creative machine embroidery by making a range of experimental samples based on a theme. Explore and develop the effects created with different machine feet, thick and thin threads, tensions, free embroidery and appliqué.

    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
  2. Introduction to clothes making
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. Start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
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  3. Developing a personal printmaking project
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and develop personal work in intaglio and relief printmaking. 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.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
  4. Introduction to prop making for film, TV, theatre and display
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you ever dream of conjuring up the props for Harry Potter, Doctor Who or West End musicals? Are you interested in a career in window display? On this course you will explore techniques used by professionals to produce effective props and sets. Get hands-on experience of sculpting, fabricating, mould making, casting and using paint effects. Learn about the demands of the industry from specialist tutors, and have a go at translating your own ideas into 3D.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
  5. Mosaics introductory
    Course Date:  Wed 28 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your creative skills in this classic art form, adhering your materials to a temporary surface before applying the completed section to a flat base or casting it into concrete. Please bring ideas. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  6. Ceramics on Sunday
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Do you want to get your hands on clay and make finished ceramics work? Familiarise yourself with the properties and processes of clay by shaping your ideas and working with techniques such as coiling, pinching and slab building on this introductory course.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £479.00 Concession £365.00
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  7. Oil painting projects 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of delicate transparency and rich impasto effects. It holds many challenges for the beginner, but this course will offer a clear, structured way into the essentials and beauty of oil painting. The course is for beginners and/or painters who want to learn to use the medium with confidence from scratch. Students will develop a feel for paint handling which will build skills and feed progress in oil painting.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  8. Introduction to sculpture
    Course Date:  Mon 14 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The ultimate introduction to sculpture at City Lit. In each class of this five-day hands-on course you will be introduced to a different sculptural technique and material, by a tutor who is a specialist in that area. This will provide you with a showcase of our sculpture facilities and teaching talent at City Lit. This course is perfect for beginners who want to try out a range of sculptural processes, perhaps to find your area of interest for further study.
    Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £231.00 Concession £176.00
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  9. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 14 Mar 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    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 £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  10. Islamic art in the medieval world
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A course examining the formation and development of Islamic Art and Design; looking at the role of ideology and patronage, and the key influences that went into its development and evolution.

    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:
    90% of 100
  11. Pottery: introduction to throwing and decoration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £304.00
  12. Calligraphy: modern copperplate
    Last Few Places
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to write elegant letterforms using a pointed pen with ink with a professional calligraphy artist. Once you have learnt how to write a basic copperplate alphabet, we will begin breaking the rules of traditional calligraphy to find a style that is all your own. The course is suitable for beginners as well as improvers, and both left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
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  13. City Lit textiles: mixed media
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  14. Design with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £200.00
  15. Sculpture workshop I
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Starting out in sculpture? Join us and get to grips with the techniques of carving, casting and construction. Find out more about the history of sculpture and take inspiration from other artists. Learn to develop your ideas from design to reality, and try your hand at several small-scale projects to practise your new-found skills.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00

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