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. Portraits 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Brian Sayers
    This course aims to introduce you to this fascinating genre in both 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 £439.00 Senior fee £351.00 Concession £285.00
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  2. Drawing: ink and wash techniques
    Course start date:  Thu 22 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. Explore figure and portrait
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Allen
    This one day course will give you a basic introduction to sketching the figure and portrait from observation of the life model. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplate
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Veiko Kespersaks
    This short workshop will guide you through the basics of Modern Copperplate Calligraphy, as influenced by historical copperplate handwriting. Once the artform of expert craftsman, calligraphy is now a popular artistic outlet, flexible enough to reflect the personality, style, and creativity of every individual – everyone can learn it and have a lot of fun while doing so! Suitable for left-handers and right-handers.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  7. 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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  8. Try it out: jewellery making
    Course start date:  Wed 7 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to



    basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of jewellery.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Helen Burgess
    Join us and set up your day in a tranquil, reflective way with our 5 day Drawing and mindfulness: morning meditation course. As daily life is full of uncertainty and with our attention getting pulled in many directions why not take some personal time to reset and focus combining meditation with some simple drawing exercises. You will be guiding your mind to settle and to look with care at the world around us and our inner experience. Whether you want to do something nourishing before you go to work or are setting up for a day of creative activity, the practices of drawing and mindfulness will bring a positive start to each morning, helping you begin the days with fresh eyes and mind. Suitable for all levels.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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  10. Explore illustration
    Last Few Places
    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
  11. 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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  12. 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
  13. Photography for beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 7 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
  14. Drawing: charcoal techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelley Wilson
    Get skills in working with the creative possibilities that this fragile drawing medium affords. Learn and develop the components of drawing with charcoal’s subtle yet dynamic lines. This is a course is ideal for beginners and those wishing to build confidence in using charcoal in their artwork.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  15. 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

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