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. Develop your jewellery design and making
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (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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  2. City Lit pre-foundation course
    Course Date:  Tue 4 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This exciting and intensive course is a chance to develop key creative skills, methods and thinking in art and design, across 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies, to prepare you for application and entry to our UAL-validated, Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.30 - 16.30) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (17:30 - 20:00) on Wednesday evenings.
    Full fee £749.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £509.00
  3. Anatomical life and portrait drawing studio
    Course Date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the extraordinary construction of the human body. Through direct observation of the model you will examine the fundamental anatomical structures that underlie both portrait and life drawing. For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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  4. Children's book illustration: advanced projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £399.00 Concession £271.00
  5. City Lit animation: part 2
    Course Date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Passionate about animation? Fancy developing professional skills in traditional and digital animation techniques, taught by professional animators in our fully-equipped studio?

    In this Part 2 of a 3 Parts course, you will learn how to create exciting and effective animations using different drawn animation techniques, and how to create digital experimental and traditional drawn animation using the professional software Adobe Animate CC.

    You will also develop and storyboard your animation project in preparation for your final project in Part 3.

    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 £649.00 Senior fee £519.00 Concession £396.00
  6. Children's book illustration projects 2
    Course Date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the second of this three stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  7. Surface finishes for clay and plaster
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Sculptures are not always glazed, explore and experiment different mediums to patina your terracotta or stoneware clay or plaster artworks. Compare bronze powder V bronze filler or shellac and pigments, graphite, inks, acrylic or oil paint or waxes.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  8. Graphic design projects 2
    Course Date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    City Lit Graphic Design Part 2 provides an opportunity to pursue your enthusiasm for visual communication, developing existing design skills by taking creative risks, engage in experimental approaches to design briefs, enhance creative thinking skills and gain an insight and understanding of contemporary design practices.

    It is still possible to join the course at this stage if you have not completed Part 1, however you will need to have some prior knowledge of the basic principles used in design and prior experience using the Adobe software programmes; InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  9. Introduction to engraving
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 13 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn traditional methods of hand engraving to create beautiful embellished surfaces. This course is for Intermediate and advanced jewellery students.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
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  10. Advanced visual communications: where is the truth?
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    This advanced course examines the representation of truth and the manipulation of meaning through text and image, an issue with critical importance for the current times, from a number of perspectives. Working across a range of media and techniques employed in creative design and visual communications, we will examine examples in print, broadcast and on-line media.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £759.00 Senior fee £607.00 Concession £516.00
  11. Introduction to gold tooling
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is a great introduction to gold-tooling and the creative use of the medium. Learn how to gold tool on leather with various hand tools, using BS Glaire and gold leaf. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £156.00
  12. City Lit animation: part 3
    Course Date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    In this final part of a 3 stages course you will work with animation professionals and your peers to fine tune your project idea, revise skills, introduce advanced techniques relevant to your project and to guide you through the process of realising the animation project you want to create.
    Full fee £649.00 Senior fee £519.00 Concession £396.00
  13. Graphic design projects 3
    Course Date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of graphic design and its many changing forms by extending your skill set and developing your individual personal style on Part 3 of the City Lit Graphic Design course. There will be a chance to build a body of work that can be used towards a portfolio showcasing your ideas.



    This course is deal for those who have completed City Lit Graphic Design Part 2 (or similar) or for those interested in exploring visual communication in more depth – through more complex briefs.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  14. Children's book illustration projects 3
    Course Date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the third of this three-stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00

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