Art & design

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.

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. City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift
    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From £10.00
  2. It's time: Advanced print and digital media open event
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    As a technologically-assisted form of art practice, printmaking has been at the forefront of technological developments for hundreds of years, utilising the latest innovations for the purposes of creativity and communication. This Course Leader talk covers the printmaking courses available in the Centre for Advanced Practice in the School of Visual Arts. It explains the points of commonality between them, and where there are important differences in what they offer both to the traditional print-based artist, and also those who wish to undertake a deeper exploration of the potential to integrate digital technologies within their creative practice. Presented by Adam Piper, Course Leader for Advanced printmaking: practice and discourse, and Rolina Blok, Course Leader for Contemporary printmaking and digital practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  3. It's time: Developing art practice open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Developing art practice is an advanced course, taught by a small team of artist-tutors, designed to support you in sustaining and developing your existing independent practice. In this talk, tutor Ute Kreyman explains how the course provides an opportunity to develop and enhance your critical understanding of your own personal work through studying alongside a diverse creative community of tutors and peers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  4. Book arts drop-in
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.



    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  5. It's time: Contemporary practice personal projects open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 5 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Not-knowing is troubling. To not know shakes at the core of our sense of self, our relationship with the world and our art. In art, not-knowing makes us feel like imposters or failures. And yet, not-knowing is what fuels curiosity, and generates the creative joy of attempting to find out. In this talk, Ian Tucknott, course leader for Contemporary Practice: Personal Project, will explore the role not-knowing plays in creative development, and not-knowing’s role as a central philosophy on the course. The talk will also include details of the course itself, and opportunity for those interested in studying to ask questions.







    This talk is suitable for anybody curious about contemporary creative practice, and especially those interested in studying on Contemporary Practice: Personal Project.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  6. It's time: Graphic design projects open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 5 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Interested in finding out more about the Graphic Design projects course? Hosted by Pam Williams - Course Leader, you will be shown examples of past projects and student work. Find out first hand from previous students as they discuss their experiences on completing the course, along with everything else you need to know to help support you with your preparation and enrolment onto the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  7. It's time: City Lit fine art open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The City Lit fine art course is a longstanding and highly prestigious mainstay of the School of Visual Arts, where it now forms a key part of the recently-founded Centre for Advanced Practice. Every year, from this course, completing students progress to a variety of destinations, including Masters degrees, further advanced courses within City Lit, or into independent practice; many groups who have studied together continue to practice and exhibit together. In this talk, our new Course Leader Dr. Steven Scott will introduce the different stages of CLFA, and outline the experience and value of studying practice and debate around a broad-based multidisciplinary fine art curriculum; one which takes in traditional and contemporary disciplines, and in which a highly-experienced team of artist-tutors supports learners across the levels to develop and establish an individual and personally-directed practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Artist talk: Hilary Rosen - A Contemporary view of Mysteries of Greek Myths in monoprints and watercolours
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Hilary Rosen trained at the Royal College of Art where she was a prize winner. She lives and works in London. On leaving the Royal College of Art, she has taught at City Lit and various arts schools around the country. She has a studio in East London and exhibits internationally as well as having work in many national and international collections. Hilary teaches watercolour, oil painting and drawing (including life drawing and painting). Her subject matter for her work draws from a number of themes, including cityscapes, still lives and the relationships of people to one another. She explores these themes through the media of oil painting, drawing and printmaking. Hilary is inspired by Greek Mythology, and this talk is based on her own work and that of other visual artists who have explored this subject through their work. In this talk, Hilary also discusses the construction of the monoprint by combining lino prints, stencils and layering.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  9. It's time: Photography projects open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Interested in finding out more about the Photography projects course? Hosted by Laura Vuoma - Course Leader, you will be shown examples of past projects and student work. Find out first hand from previous students as they discuss their experiences on completing the course, along with everything else you need to know to help support you with your preparation and enrolment onto the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  10. It's time: City Lit advanced graphic design open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The City Lit advanced graphic design course is designed to help you build on existing skills and interests in graphic design, and visual communications, working with text and image across a range of media. Across a number of projects, including input from industry professionals, it examines cultural influences and key debates around graphic design, to support the development of advanced skills, and new working processes in pursuit of more advanced and ambitious creative aims, to set you on your way to advanced study, or independent professional practice. In this talk, Course Leader Andrew McCarten presents the main aims, themes, concerns and outcomes covered over a year of study.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  11. It's time: Children's book illustration projects open event
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 12 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Interested in finding out more about the Children’s Book illustration projects course? Hosted by Dee Shulman - Course Leader, you will be shown examples of past projects and student work. Find out first hand from previous students as they discuss their experiences on completing the course, along with everything else you need to know to help support you with your preparation and enrolment onto the course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  12. Glazing your work
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 12 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    For students who have attended our ceramics courses, this is an opportunity to return and glaze your bisquit fired work. Basic glazing techniques will be taught, with advice on which glazes to use.



    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100
  13. Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplate
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This short workshop will guide you through the basics of Modern Copperplate Calligraphy, as influenced by historical copperplate handwriting. Once the artform of expert craftsman, calligraphy is now a popular artistic outlet, flexible enough to reflect the personality, style, and creativity of every individual – everyone can learn it and have a lot of fun while doing so! Suitable for left-handers and right-handers.



    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. Art history taster
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 6 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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  15. Try it out: animation
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ever fancied producing your own animations for web, devices and video? Come and learn the basics of creating professional-looking drawn animated sequences using the professional software application Animate CC.



    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 £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00

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