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. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Feb 2023 (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 Adobe 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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    90% of 100
  2. Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Carol Justin Wilhide
    An introduction to the beautiful and delicate printmaking world of Japanese Woodcut. Explore this water based, non-toxic process and build an appreciation for the handmade. You will learn how to design, carve and make a multi-coloured print. Beginners welcome.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  3. Children's book illustration: introduction to ideas and characters
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  4. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    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.



    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 £349.00
    Rating:
    73% of 100
  5. Watercolour painting projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Dixon
    An introduction to a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. You will be guided through a series of short creative projects including working from still life observation.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  6. Vectorworks for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nicholas Williamson
    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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  7. Picture framing and mounting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Esther Heyhoe
    Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you'll be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £201.00
  8. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    Children’s book illustration: developing personal projects will support you in both the research, development and production of your own children’s book project. Develop your own style, working with a variety of media and exploring design and layout possibilities. Image - Harriet Lynas.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  9. Adobe Premier Pro and digital editing stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Learn the fundamentals of this industry standard package alongside the basic principles of editing moving image footage. Become familiar and work with the most important technical and conceptual conventions in video editing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  10. Designing textiles using Photoshop I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Hybrid (choose either online or in-person)

    Tutors:  Kirsty Kirkpatrick
    Create motifs and designs for printed textiles which may then be printed onto cloth.



    This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artists, designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.







    When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to a student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud.



    Please read the full course details below.



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  11. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Eleanor Bedlow
    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.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
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  12. Learn digital video editing
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Lily Markiewicz
    Interested in editing your own videos? You may have heard of Premiere Pro or Final Cut. DaVinci Resolve is free and arguably better then both. Come and learn how to use it. Hollywood already does. Please note: the Da Vinci Resolve software needs to be downloaded and tested before the first class.



    https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve/whatsnew



    The software is not suitable for use with a phone, tablet, iPad and some older computers.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  13. Sketchbooks: creating visual journeys
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Brison
    Create a 'visual journey' of discovery through an experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media to produce a collection of work or personal ideas for further development. Suitable for all, including those with basic drawing experience.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  14. Screenprinting studio projects
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    Develop your screen-printing in this weekly taught workshop where you will be shown new techniques, from t-shirt printing, using halftones, layering colour, stenciling and experimental techniques and professional practice too.
    Full fee £479.00 Senior fee £383.00 Concession £311.00
  15. Oil painting projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Desmond Haughton
    Oil paint is a uniquely luscious medium, capable of heavy impasto effects and also the most delicate transparent colour films. This course is for all levels – both beginners and more experienced painters will find much to learn over various aspects of oil painting.
    Full fee £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £253.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100

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