Art & Design Courses 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. There's a reason we’ve been rated 'Outstanding'.

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. Art and design portfolio projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and design projects in drawing, painting, model making and mixed media to confidently develop your personal ideas. Investigate ways of recording ideas and imagery through experimental sketchbooks and other formats to build a diverse portfolio of creative 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: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £219.00

  2. Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore art and culture in the late 19th century, focussing on the major developments in modern art including the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts.

    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
    Concession: £152.00

  3. Women in art 1400-1800

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.

    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

  4. Try it out: children's book illustration

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. This course is ideal if you are interested in our Introduction to Children’s Book Illustration VK530 or the 3 stage 30 week Children’s Book Illustration course (VK501A, VK501B, VK501C)


    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: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. Image Esther Kersley

    Documentary photography and photojournalism

    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Image Esther Kersley.

    A picture paints a thousand words. Develop your creative ability to communicate through photography and get a fascinating insight into the world of documentary photography and photojournalism. Work on assignments and location shoots, develop your technique and style, and explore the practical, theoretical and ethical dimensions of photojournalism.

    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: £409.00
    Senior fee: £327.00
    Concession: £249.00

  6. Life drawing: an extended study

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is suitable for those with previous life drawing experience wishing to develop their life drawing and painting skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more personal response to the life model.

    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: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £219.00

  7. Affinity Photo

    Introduction to Affinity photography editing software

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Affinity Photo and develop some practical skill and knowledge.

    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Introduction to art history

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you always been interested in art and want to get more out of looking at art and exhibitions? Develop your interpretative skills by exploring at how art is made, read and exhibited.

    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
    Concession: £152.00

  9. Introduction to jewellery making

    Introduction to jewellery making

    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop a range of essential jewellery making techniques and processes for creating metal jewellery. This course is designed for beginners who would like to gain fundamental skills like sawing, filing, sanding, drilling, texturing, forging and soldering. Explore these techniques in set projects and use them to design and make your own pieces.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Calligraphy and illumination

    Calligraphy and illumination

    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Study lettering and illumination with gold leaf. You will be given advice on tools and materials, and some basic

    materials are included. Left handers are welcome.

    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Jewellery: wax carving for beginners

    Jewellery: wax carving for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020
    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: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Painting 1

    Painting 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.

    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: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £219.00

  13. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.

    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. A short introduction to Rhino

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Rhinoceros 3D is a powerful modelling program that is widely used in a range of industries such as design, architecture, jewellery and engineering. This introductory course offers a great opportunity for beginners to explore this versatile and key digital tool, whilst learning the essential skills needed to start modelling in Rhino.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00

  15. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use Adobe Animate CC to create exciting drawn and cut out animations on this practical introductory course and find out why it’s still the application of choice for professional drawn animation.

    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

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