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. Try it out: Adobe InDesign

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In this fun practical session you will learn how you can use InDesign for your publishing or marketing needs and have enjoy creating a publicity document with text and Image.

    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

  2. contemporary printmaking studio

    Contemporary printmaking studio

    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and develop personal work using traditional printmaking methods with a contemporary approach. Techniques covered include drypoint, etching, linocut, collagraphy and photo etching. 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.

    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: £789.00
    Senior fee: £631.00
    Concession: £481.00

  3. Try it out: drypoint and intaglio printmaking

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Drypoint is a way of creating grooves in a solid surface, it produces a rich unique type of drawn line, from which you will make prints using intaglio inking methods, This workshop offers the opportunity to use specialist techniques and tools and gain insight into how these sit within the creative practice of artists using drypoint. For all levels, although some experience of drawing is preferable.

    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

  4. Develop your jewellery design and making

    Develop your jewellery design and making

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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.

    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: £479.00
    Senior fee: £383.00
    Concession: £292.00

  5. Lindy Clark

    Contemporary painting studio

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £809.00
    Senior fee: £647.00
    Concession: £493.00

  6. Alice Danger

    Photography for beginners: stage 1

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (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

  7. Try it out: botanical illustration

    Try it out: botanical illustration

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based course.

    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: £48.00

  8. Niki de Saint Phalle,"Nanas"in the Leibnizufer, Hanover, Germany - part of Hanover's sculpture walk - Wikimedia Commons

    Women in modern and contemporary art

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the work of prominent modern and contemporary women artists from the early twentieth century to the present, looking at the political and social transformations reflected in the artworks.

    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: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  9. Jewellery: stone setting I

    Jewellery: stone setting I

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy making your own jewellery, but want to develop your mount-making and stone-setting techniques? Discover essential techniques in setting a gem stone, including round bezel and tube settings, with the guidance of an expert 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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  10. Islamic art in the medieval world

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A course examining the formation and development of Islamic Art and Design; looking at the role of ideology and patronage, and the key influences that went into its development and evolution.

    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

  11. Landscape in art

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Can a depiction of a landscape ever simply be JUST a landscape? Or is it a view onto a wider world, is there a context or, in the words of David Hockney, a “bigger picture?”.

    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: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. Introduction to feltmaking

    Introduction to feltmaking

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the techniques of this fundamental fabric. Make connections with textiles, jewellery, painting and sculpture. Draw with wool fibre, create fabrics for textiles, fashion and interiors and construct 3D forms for jewellery and sculpture.

    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

  13. Calligraphy: italic

    Calligraphy: italic

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of calligraphy while studying italic hand. Learn how to form lowercase and capital letters and experiment with layouts to produce a finished piece. The course will also help to develop your creativity and will give you a lot of ideas for future personal projects.The course is suitable for beginners, but improvers with a special interest in italic 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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £188.00

  14. Adobe InDesign: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £239.00

  15. Introduction to graphic design and illustration

    Introduction to graphic design and illustration

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you interested in graphic design, illustration or both? Want to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic image. Please note: This is not a computer based course but there will be limited access to computer equipment for tasks such as scanning and printing.

    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: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

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