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. Vectorworks for beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to draw 2D and 3D design ideas using a computer. Vectorworks is very user-friendly, industry standard software that is ideal for architectural planning, interior design projects, 3D modeling and landscaping.

    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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  2. 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
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  3. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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 Photoshop, with a focus on learning to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.

    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 £279.00 Concession £175.00
  4. 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
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  5. Large-scale drawing and painting projects
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy a lively, more active way of art-making and make work on a grander scale. Complete a number of projects that explore how big can be beautiful, challenging and surprising.

    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
  6. Portraits 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Apr 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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  7. Drawing 1
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 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
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  8. Drawing from plants and flowers
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  9. Contemporary printmaking studio
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 3 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.
    Full fee £739.00 Senior fee £591.00 Concession £451.00
  10. Photography for beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 2 Oct 2021 (and 7 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.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
  11. Jewellery: design lab
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Fancy working on your own jewellery projects in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? Join our interactive jewellery design lab to perfect your skills, try different techniques, and discover new design approaches. Develop your own projects with expert guidance, and step outside your comfort zone to produce top-quality pieces.
    Full fee £369.00 Senior fee £295.00 Concession £225.00
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  12. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Fancy honing your jewellery making skills in a professional workshop with an expert tutor? If you're an intermediate to advanced jewellery maker and would like to improve your designs and push your technical skills to a higher standard, this hands on, expert led course is for you. Perfect your skills, try different techniques and discover new design approaches.
    Full fee £499.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £304.00
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  13. Painting 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Painting 1 offers an introduction to the basic principles and skills associated with painting. Focus on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work, whilst learning how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
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  14. Carving in wood or stone
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Get inspired by the age-old craft of stone, learn carving techniques and create your own small carving in stone. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced carvers. This course will explore the characteristics of stone, lead you through the steps of design and carving, encourage you to explore and develop your ideas, and try more experimental techniques.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £243.00
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  15. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Interested in both graphic design and illustration? Want to know the primary differences and what one you may wish to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic imagery, you willworkthrough a series a short creative exercises that will highlight some of the primary overlaps and differences in working towards becomgina graphic designer or illustrator.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00

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