Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

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  1. Animation intensive

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Throw yourself into the world of stop motion animation on this intensive practical course. Explore a range of materials and techniques to produce exciting drawn, cut out and 3D animation sequences. Invaluable for your show reel.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. Calligraphy and decorated letterforms

    Calligraphy and decorated letterforms

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create decorative letterforms to use as individual pieces or incorporate into your calligraphy work. This course will not only show you how to design and draw illuminated letters, but will introduce you to some of the history behind this beautiful art form.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers

    Colour, print and dye on metal for jewellers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover simple, effective techniques to bring metal jewellery alive through colour, texture and patterns. Practise dying, printing and using resists on anodised aluminium, with striking results you can replicate at home.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Introduction to abstract painting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  5. Decoding dress: clothing and culture at the V&A

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    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the V&A’s rich collection of garments, artworks and objects, and forge connections between them. Learn what such clothing felt like to wear, and how difficult it is to display, through discussion drawn from contemporary accounts, diaries and letters. #arthistory #onedaycourse #costume #fashion.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Drawing caricatures

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Being able to draw both realistic and exaggerated cartoon portraits is an invaluable cartooning skill. Have fun learning how to draw engaging and witty caricatures of famous figures and your own friends and family.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. Video editing: Adobe Premiere tips and tricks

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course offers valuable insider tricks, best practice ideas and general tips on how to improve your editing and efficiency. Previous experience with Adobe Premiere Pro CC is essential.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Symbols and stories: introducing saints in art

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Saints are widely represented in painting and sculpture. We explore their meanings and symbols in masterpieces of Christian art to better understand and interpret this intriguing aspect of Western art history. Includes gallery visit.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  9. Introduction to photo-litho printmaking

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Photo-plate lithography uses light sensitive aluminium plates as a printing matrix for photographic, text or hand drawn images. This versatile process allows you to collage and overprint these elements to create original works in small editions.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. Glorious colour: expressive drawing with mixed media

    Course Date: Wed 31 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Use mixed media and colour to enrich your understanding of drawing; engage with different drawing techniques and materials, collage, mono print, simple models of spaces and a short introduction to colour theory.

    All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. InDesign stage 2: fast track

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 31 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short fast paced course InDesign course is the ideal follow on from either ‘InDesign stage 1’ or ‘Design with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign’ and is taught on Apple Macs. Learn to use Adobe InDesign’s page layout, graphics and text handling features to a more advanced level, create complex and exciting documents; enhance your efficiency and speed up your work-flow.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  12. Speed life drawing

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 2 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  13. Learn to use: oil painting mediums

    Course Date: Fri 2 Aug 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the different effects that can be created when oil painting mediums are added to the paint. Learn to use a range of oil painting mediums to expand the possiblilities of oil painting, such as texture and glazes.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Foundation diploma in art and design: stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 11 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This exciting course is a chance to develop key creative skills and approaches to art and design in 2D, 3D, life drawing and critical studies. If you complete stage 1 successfully you'll be able to progress onto stage 2 of the formal Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. Please note that the course runs for two days (10.30 - 16.30) per week. Students are able to choose between studying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition to the two days a week there will be six evening sessions (17:30 - 20:00) on Wednesday evenings.
    Full fee: £699.00
    Senior fee: £559.00
    Concession: £210.00

  15. City Lit ceramics diploma: two-year course

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Term 1 :12 Sept 2019 – 06 Dec 2019

    Term 2 : 09 Jan 2020 – 03 April 2020

    Term 3 :30 April 2020 – 03 July 2020

    Designed for people with previous experience in ceramics or other art related practice, this course encourages your development in a broad-based programme of ceramic study. You will have the opportunity to exhibit at the New Designers show at the Business Design Centre in Islington and an external venue for your final exhibition. Please note, advertised fees and course dates are subject to change. Fees quoted are inclusive of two years of study. Payment plans will be available, details of which are to be confirmed.



    Interviews for this course will take place on the below dates:

    Thursday the 21st of March

    Friday the 29th of March

    Thursday the 4th of April

    Friday the 12th of April



    You will need to bring a portfolio of 2D and 3D/clay work alongside your sketchbooks. During the interview you will be asked write a short paragraph to demonstrate your writing skills and to show your understanding of the use of numbers.Once you have submitted an application for the course, you will be contacted by the department to arrange your interview slot.
    Full fee: £8,999.00
    Senior fee: £8,999.00
    Concession: £5,489.00

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