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. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included. Image - Harriet Lynas.



    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
  2. Photography portfolio: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)

    This is a blended learning course in distinct blocks. You can enrol for a single project or for the term by enrolling on all three courses (VY111A, B & C).



    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Designing textiles using Photoshop I
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to create motifs and pattern for textiles. Ideal for beginners in Adobe Photoshop who are textile artists, designers or anyone interested in creating prints, exploring colour and structure. This is a blended course of face-to-face and online teaching.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00
  4. Photography for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 5 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.



    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
  5. Graphic design for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This introduction to graphic design will guide you through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles, enabling you to create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  6. Ways into abstract painting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of a variety 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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  7. Capture One image processing software for photography
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Thinking about shooting and processing raw images? Want to try out the software used by many of the world's best photographers? Capture One Pro is a professional-grade image capture and raw file processing software; learn how to use the program, tethered with your digital SLR camera, for working in professional environments.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Introduction to casting and mould making
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Break the mould - try your hand at the techniques of mould making and casting as practised by sculptors, prop-makers and designers. Under the guidance of highly experienced industry professionals in our fully equipped sculpture studio, explore making plaster and rubber moulds. Then learn how to cast from them in plaster of Paris and cement.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  9. Clothes making I
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to make a skirt from a simple pattern. You will be guided step by step to produce a garment in a fabric you choose, using easy techniques, and incorporating a zip and waistband.



    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 £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
  10. Friday lates: poster art: print, pop and propaganda
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a snapshot of the eye-catching and colourful world of poster art, from Belle Époque decadence to Avant-Garde dynamism; from Art Nouveau to Atelier Populaire, and the everyday glamour of Pop.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  11. Watercolour painting projects 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Be introduced 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 inIncluding working from still life observation.



    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
  12. Jewellery: wax carving for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Carve, model and experiment with wax to create your own unique jewellery designs. Learn about the lost wax casting process, outsourcing and finishing of your casts.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  13. How to draw: developing research and inspiration in drawing
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts through a carefully structured approach by researching colour in drawing, drawing from secondary sources and the use of collage, develop own drawing subjects based on sketchbook ideas, consolidated in a drawing from individual research.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  14. Zines and DIY publications in graphic design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a low tech, fun approach to create your first Do-It-Yourself publication. Zines or Fanzines (from the word magazine) refers to self-published booklets, produced by hand that have a distinctive cut and paste graphic style - as seen in punk culture in the 70s. The course is an opportunity to take creative control, a chance to discover your own unique style and learn how to assemble a handmade publication from start to finish. Would suit illustrators, animators, printmakers or photographers or for those wishing to learn new ways to present a collection of visual ideas.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  15. Designing textiles using Illustrator: expanding personal projects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This intermediate online course will improve on your Adobe Illustrator drawing skills while learning new tile and pattern structures using vectors. We will build on improving on repeat pattern techniques creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need access to the Adobe Creative suite on your mac or PC before class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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