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. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

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
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Multiple
    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 Foundation (pre 1920) on 020 7492 2700/2703.
    Full fee £5,521.00 Senior fee £5,521.00 Concession £5,521.00
  2. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  3. Contemporary printmaking studio: focus on courage to play
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Thomas Gosebruch
    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. 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 £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £487.00
  4. Clay sculpture: life and portrait
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexandra Harley
    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 £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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  5. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Make wonderful drawings in colour and black and white from a range of flowers and plants. Taking the rich and varied history of drawing plants and flowers in different traditions for inspiration. Working with the expressive and colourful medium of both soft and oil pastels, you will respond to the colours and textures of plants and flowers. Suitable for all levels, this course involves making composition studies, leading up to a final, larger, more resolved piece.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  6. Metal sculpture: all levels
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew Revell
    Learn the techniques required in making sculptural/functional objects in steel: cutting, bending, welding and joining small scale metal. Please bring ideas, inspiration and scrap metal. This course is for beginners and those with some prior experience.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
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  7. Explore illustration
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Graff
    Love drawing? Eager to reawaken your inner artist? Join us for an exploration of illustration in this taster workshop where you can enjoy the process of image-making. Explore illustration invites you to experiment with a number of drawing techniques and processes to produce a lively and often surprising series of images.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  8. Graphic design: cut n paste collage techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Work with a range of collage techniques, to produce quick cut n paste visuals, generating exploratory, experimental and unexpected outcomes. This short course will take you on a creative journey using hands-on collage methods relevant today in contemporary design. Discover your own unique style and take creative control exploring principles used in graphic design; contrast, balance, hierarchy, repetition and alignment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Try it out: animation
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Litza Jansz
    Ever fancied producing your own animations for web, devices and video? Come and learn the basics of creating professional-looking drawn animated sequences using the professional software application Animate CC.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  10. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Ed Gregory
    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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  11. Drawing into watercolour painting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jack Duplock
    Starting with drawing, a series of exercises and experimental studies will introduce you to watercolour painting, by working both with observation and intuition, in a journey through colour and mark-making.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  12. Etching for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kath Castillo
    An exciting introduction to the basic processes and principles of etching. Using zinc plate, create beau-tiful images with line, texture and tone, and experiment with printing your image in both mono-chrome and colour.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  13. Explore graphic design
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    This one day workshop in Graphic Design will enable you to share and discuss your interests and ambitions and will help you find out other courses on offer that suit your progression aims. Engage in some quick fire experimental activities to get your creativity in motion.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  14. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £449.00
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  15. Mosaics introductory: direct method
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa Benson
    Develop creative expression and confidence in this classic art form. Explore manufactured/recycled materials and surface qualities by applying them directly onto a base to create your own Mosaic Please bring ideas/sketchbooks. Basic materials are provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £429.00 Senior fee £343.00 Concession £279.00
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