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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. 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.

Save on selected visual arts courses. Find out more.

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. Create a short film in 5 evenings

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you always wanted to make a film but didn’t know where to start? This practical course will guide you through all the film making processes including scripting, filming and recording sound and editing and exporting your own short film. This course will be held at City Lit although some filming may take place off site.

    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

  2. Art in South America

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of South America from the great indigenous empires through the impact of colonialism and the cultural revolutions of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?

    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. Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials

    Get skills in: watercolour techniques and materials

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to try watercolour painting? Now’s your chance to learn how to begin washes and mark-making; enjoy exploring colour, and see if you want to progress to the next level.

    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

  5. Strengthen your drawing: six projects in six days 

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This lively, intensive course will push your drawing to the next level as you use a range of lateral strategies to develop personal approaches to the subject. This course is about purposeful play and enquiry.

    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: £115.00

  6. City Lit advanced graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will help you improve your skills in graphic design and visual communications in their broadest sense, for delivery or publication in print and online, working with text, image, layout, medium and message across a range of physical and digital media and formats

    It is ideal for anyone who has already completed our City Lit graphics course, and for anyone wishing to build a more extensive portfolio of graphics/viscom projects, whilst developing a deeper understanding of the connection between text, image, message and media.

    Please note that the course runs on Monday and Thursday evenings 18:00 – 21:00.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £1,299.00
    Senior fee: £1,039.00
    Concession: £792.00

  7. Developing watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of materials and approaches to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.

    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: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  8. Relief printmaking: experimental techniques

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Produce wood and lino cuts and explore a range of relief printing methods. Use layering, stencils and multi-block techniques to fully explore the many exciting possibilities of relief 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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  9. Art and design portfolio projects

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your personal creative language by exploring different concepts in art and design through a range of inspiring short projects. Projects will involve the exploration of human form, the effects of colour, light and layout in art and design, and visual communication through 2D and 3D methods.

    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: £369.00
    Senior fee: £295.00
    Concession: £225.00

  10. Royal palaces, patrons, and art treasures - Isabelle d'Este

    Royal palaces, patrons and art treasures

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Megalomaniac monarchs in the post-Renaissance period and the ambitious artists they employed to create their ‘mega collections’– a fascinating moment in art patronage. Explore the palaces, art and personalities that make up this history.

    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

  11. Art history taster

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wondered what art history is but don’t want to commit to a whole course? Wonder what's involved in online learning at City Lit? Try this taster session!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. Alice Danger

    Photography for beginners: stage 1

    New
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 4 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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch

    City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate textile structures and surfaces through this project based course. Develop an experimental portfolio of 2 and 3D stitched samples, sketchbook research and aim towards a finished piece.

    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: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £200.00

  14. City Lit fine binding higher level: vellum

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make a stiff-boarded binding in full vellum. Practise ‘pulling’ (disbinding) a book, preparing it for rebinding, making endpapers, edge-gilding, sewing multi-coloured end-bands, and preparing and covering with vellum. Suitable for advanced level students.

    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: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £879.00
    Concession: £550.00

  15. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace.On this Adobe Creative Cloud course,covering Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign,you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and

    design.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £449.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £225.00

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