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. Interior design on Saturday
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have creative flair and would like to learn the skills necessary to design the interior of your home or make a step towards a new career, then this is the course for you.

    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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £170.00
  2. Appraising jewellery and gemstones
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Wish you knew more about the jewellery you were buying, or could value the heirlooms in your drawer? Join this fascinating two-day course to learn how to appraise gem set jewellery and stones. Explore precious metals, hallmarking, common gemstones found in jewellery and how to identify antique pieces, and bring your own jewellery for assessment by the tutor.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
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  3. Try it out: bookbinding
    Last Few Places Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  4. Create a short film in a two days
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to script, storyboard, shoot, edit and export a short film in this informative and fast paced introduction to film making.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Start abstract painting
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 3 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to develop original abstract ideas from simple starting points and build confidence using a variety of painting approaches in acrylics. Explore the power of line, colour and texture in a lively weekend of structured project work.

    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 £75.00
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  6. Experimental filmmaking
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn about the differences between experimental film and conventional narrative. Begin to create digital films that challenge rather than cater to conventional expectations. Explore how to create original material in both form and content.

    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 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
  7. Try it out conservation
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic

    techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required and a chance to discuss further

    study in bookbinding at City Lit.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Ways into Islamic art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introductory art history course providing an overview of the development of the visual language of Islamic cultures in Asia, Africa and Europe.

    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
  9. Drawing and painting landscapes
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Have you always wanted to draw landscapes in a sketchbook?

    On this course, you’ll learn basic techniques for landscape studies, in two different locations near to the City Lit.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  10. Try it out: calligraphy weekend
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Fancy having a go at this beautiful art form? This short weekend course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of lettering and calligraphy. Focussing on broad edged script, you will use different pens and nibs, and leave having completed your own sample.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
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  11. Introduction to colour theory for artists
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Combining theory and practice, experimentation and intuition, this introductory course for Artists and Makers, is designed to improve your sensitivity to colour. Through structured exercises develop confidence and skill in mixing, imagining, organising and applying colour.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  12. Repair your jewellery
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Got a favourite silver necklace that needs repairing, or a precious ring with loose stones? Why not learn to repair them yourself rather than handing them over to someone else? Pick up some of the skills needed for jewellery repair and maintenance on this popular course, mending damaged items and learning how to best clean and store jewellery to extend the life of your favourite pieces. Please note that this course does not cover re-stringing/beading as this course is aimed at repairing jewellery made of base and precious metals.

    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
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  13. Introduction to collecting art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Everything you wanted to know about collecting contemporary art, but were afraid to ask: How and where to buy art in today’s marketplace. Know your lithographs from your etchings, auctions from online and commission from conservation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00
  14. Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 11 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £79.00
  15. Try it out: printmaking
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Experience the excitement of printmaking. This course will give you a taste of basic relief printing and monoprinting techniques that will get you hooked on the many possibilities of this rewarding medium.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

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