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 progression courses. Get up to 15% off with our bundle offers. 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. Painting: source studies and abstraction

    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This short online module in painting will focus on compositional and abstracted studies as well as working with a range of sources to influence and inform your own painting project.

    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

  2. A short introduction to free editing software

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 15 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    You don’t have to spend money to get editing. This is a short introduction to video editing using DaVinci Resolve, a free but highly professional editing package comparable to Final Cut X, Avid and Premiere Pro.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. drawing and painting from the imagination

    Drawing and painting from the imagination

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore drawing and painting from the imagination and develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating your imagination and sustaining your imaginative engagement in drawing and painting. The aim of the course is to investigate the role of the imagination in drawing and painting and to explore new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  4. Adobe Lightroom Classic for photography: part 2

    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Part 2 of our Adobe Lightroom Classic online workshop will help move your photography and creative practice into a real professional level. Building off of part 1, you will learn to use Lightroom Classic’s advanced image developing and correction features to refine elements within your photographs and images. Discover how to create your own personal pre-sets to speed up your work and optimise your input and output.

    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

  5. The creative industries

    Course Date: Tue 16 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Creativity is one of the areas in which the UK retains a leading position, globally, and much is made of the importance of the ‘creative economy’, and its value to the country. But what exactly are the co-called ‘creative industries’ we hear so much about? What is the value of ‘creativity’ and ‘innovation’ to the national and global economy, and does this extend beyond the overtly ‘creative’ pursuits of art, design and entertainment? How is so-called ‘creative thinking’ central to business, industries and services? In many countries around the world, the benefits of approaches to learning that are central pillars of ‘creative education’ are increasingly recognised in terms of their value in developing fully-rounded learners, and citizens. This workshop examines these questions, and considers the value of creative education in the context of a series of disciplines predicated on thinking related to solving problems, and its relevance for all aspects of contemporary life.

    For this workshop, you will need to have access to A3 or A4 plain paper, and a range of coloured marker pens, as well as a notebook.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  6. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to create single and multi-page layouts used for posters, leaflets and brochures.

    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: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £175.00

  7. Beginners photography online

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the basics of photography to improve your photographs and impress your friends. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, light and taking pictures in different environments. This course is perfect for complete beginners or for learning new skills. Please take this course before enrolling on our intermediate courses.

    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

  8. Drawing: perspective, scale and direction

    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop the key drawing concepts perspective, viewpoints, contouring and directional lines, mark making and movement in a large-scale drawing at beginners level and through a carefully structured approach.

    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: £50.00

  9. Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Looking at artists: focus on colour and composition

    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will give you guidance on how to choose, mix and arrange colours successfully. We will explore approaches to harmony and composition through a series of small scale watercolour exercises which can be collected for future reference.

    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

  10. Beginners frame loom weaving

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to learn how to create inspiring and beautiful hand woven artworks? Join this exciting 6-week course to explore a range of creative approaches to frame loom weaving.

    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: £91.00

  11. Botanical and floral illustration and painting

    Course Date: Thu 18 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The beginners guide to botanical and floral illustration and painting course is an online introduction to creating, manipulating and re-designing botanical subjects for use in textile design, advertising and book illustration. Looking at the history of botanical illustration and the traditional methods used to create realistic representation of natural forms, then transferring these to digital format, simple digital editing and creating designs using Adobe Illustrator.

    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. Developing communities of practice 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 19 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What is a creative community? What does it mean to be part of a group of artists, designers or creative people? Communities maintain viability and relevance in ways that individuals can often struggle to achieve. Remaining a relevant part of the art world and engaging with issues with wider social significance is often easier as a collective, and arts organisations of all sizes increasingly emphasise the importance of groups, and their social relevance. This workshop, led by City Lit’s print area coordinator, examines experience gained working within the printmaking world, and establishing communities that have a life extending beyond the end of studies, exhibitions or projects. The workshop is relevant, however, to artists and designers of all kinds. In this first workshop, we examine what a community of practice is, how it might work, and what it means to be part of such a group. We will consider and share insights of how artistic practice can have greater impact through group activity, how group activity can be relevant to your own personal practice, and, through it, how you engage with society.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  13. Animation with Adobe Animate CC: stage 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to use After Effects to create character animation, animated graphics and animated title sequences and find out why it’s the application of choice for professional animators and motion graphics designers.

    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: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  14. Start a career in: wedding photography

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Three 2 hour online interactive lectures on the business of photography.

    Having a great knowledge of photography is important but once you have that nailed what is your next step? This course will prepare you and help you to compete in the challenging world of wedding photography by learning from our professional practitioners, you will increase your chances of success in your business venture.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Foreign artists in London: Renaissance to Baroque

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Trace the importance of foreigners to the British art scene from the Tudor period to the Baroque. How did artists like Holbein, Dobson, van Somer and van Dyck influence the British School?

    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

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