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. Essential business skills for photography and photographers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this course you will learn key business skills, from finance to marketing, to help you establish your own successful photographic practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  2. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from a fascinating range of artefacts and objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  3. Photography portfolio: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    This is a blended learning course in distinct blocks. You can enrol for a single project or for the term by enrolling on all three courses (VY111A, B & C).



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £79.00
  4. Make a laser cut piece of jewellery
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a short introductory course to laser cutting and its potential for various practical outcomes. We will use Adobe Illustrator on iMacs to create or customise a simple template, which you will then send to cut on our Speedy 300 laser cutter and leave with a brooch or necklace to take away. All materials included. Suitable for absolute 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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  5. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  6. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Life drawing after work
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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  8. Explore drawing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore traditional and less traditional methods of drawing simple objects. Using structured activities, we will introduce key concepts such as line, tone, composition and mark making. Ideal if you have little or no drawing experience; a great way to learn the basics or prepare for longer 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. 50 drawings in a day
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  10. Focus on: Michelangelo
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Artist, architect, and poet, the Florentine sculptor Michelangelo changed the face of Rome in the early 16th century becoming art’s first ‘superstar’. We look at his patrons, his sources and some of his major works.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  11. Focus on: James McNeill Whistler
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whistler’s art moved painting towards abstraction, sparked a renaissance in printmaking and gave us the Peacock Room, a masterpiece of interior design. He also mastered the gentle art of making enemies.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  12. Storyboarding and animatics for animators and filmmakers in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Storyboards and animatics (movie versions of your storyboard) are crucial for planning and communicating your film or animation projects to clients, funders or collaborators. Learn how to create an effective storyboard representing different camera shots, framing and movement and transform it into an engaging animatic.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  13. Photography in a day: speedlight flash
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  PS - Photography Studio

    Lighten things up: join this practical course to learn the basics of using portable flash (speedlights) to enhance your images. Experiment creatively indoors and outdoors with different flashes and techniques, with a professional photographer on hand to guide you throughout.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Want to experience working with one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with precious metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure silver when fired.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  15. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.



    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

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