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All our courses here at City Lit are taught by expert tutors such as published authors, academics, practising artists, and experienced professionals. Our friendly, supportive, and inspiring tutors are here to boost your confidence and motivate you at every step. We always ensure that your journey with us is enjoyable, positive, and thought-provoking.

We offer online courses and in-person courses. Our interactive online courses are taught live and in small groups. Read our guide to online learning for more information. In-person courses are delivered at our modern college campus in London near Covent Garden

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  1. Introduction to printmaking techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Burder
    This fast-paced course reveals some of the processes used to make fine art prints. You will try both relief and intaglio printmaking methods. This course is for beginners and those with limited experience who want to discover how printmaking techniques actually work. An ideal way to start printmaking.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  2. HTML5 & CSS: introduction (stage 1)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Hybrid (choose either online or in-person)

    Tutors:  George Stickney
    HTML is the foundation language of web sites and web based apps. It's easy to learn and can help you to begin a career in tech, update web sites and content management systems, have a better understanding of UX/UI, gain skills for SEO and digital marketing, collaborate more effectively with developers and much more!



    This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  3. Contemporary British and international fiction
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Aamer Hussein
    We explore a brief and careful selection of recent novels in English, considering aspects of literature and the lives of writers, examining the contemporary perspective from which we reread and reinterpret classic texts to bridge the gap between past and present. Writers include Edward St Aubyn, Kathy O’Shaughnessy, Hari Kunzru, Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng, and British-Palestinian Isabella Hammad.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  4. Directing theatre: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Discover the practical elements of directing for the theatre, working on text analysis and beginning to build your director’s toolkit. Learn to motivate actors and create believable, engaging performances as you explore a range of modern texts.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £174.00
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  5. Music theory: grades 1 and 2
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs. Break week 28th October 2024.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00
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  6. Drawing cartoons workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Mar 2025 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    Take a deep dive into a specific process, media or tool, with our Visual Communication Workshops.







    Workshops throw the spotlight onto niche areas of the visual communication field, enabling you to hone higher-level skills and gain deeper insights.







    Workshops tend to have a practical focus, with little or no conceptual or contextual elements, although this varies by course.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  7. Arabic beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Taïssir K Mahmoud
    Learn Arabic in the heart of London on this lively classroom-based course.







    We offer one hour online taster on 12 of September. Please check the details by using the following course code: LAT1. Search on this page top right corner.







    This course is designed for beginners who have little or no prior knowledge of Arabic. It focuses on developing basic speaking and listening skills in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the standardised form of Arabic used in formal settings, media, and literature. The course will introduce students to essential vocabulary and grammar structures, with a focus on practical communication in everyday situations.



    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 £229.00 Concession £149.00
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  8. Chinese beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ting Poon
    Learn Chinese Mandarin in the heart of London on this lively classroom-based course.







    This course is designed for beginners who have little or no prior knowledge of Chinese.



    Whether you're a student, professional, or simply curious about the language and culture, this course will equip you with the essential skills to communicate confidently in Mandarin.



    Our emphasis on speaking ensures that you'll be able to engage in meaningful conversations from the very first lesson. You'll learn useful phrases, expressions, and idioms, enabling you to communicate effectively in various social and everyday situations.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
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  9. Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  10. Portraits and people photography
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Kean Street Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Lorenzo Berni
    Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  11. Japanese beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chikako Nakagawa
    Learn to speak Japanese, with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills, in the heart of London. Suitable for complete beginners.



    We offer one hour Japanese tasters: one online on 5/09/24 (LJT 2) and two in person on 11/09/24 or 18/09/24 (LJT1 or LJT4). Please check the details by using the following course codes in the above Search on this page.



    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 £229.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
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  12. The Schumanns: a Romantic partnership
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    They’re probably the most famous musical couple in history – but how did virtuoso pianist and composer Clara Wieck, and composer Robert Schumann, live and work together in their 16-year marriage? How did their professional skills complement each other (or cause friction)? And what of Robert’s legacy, so carefully managed by Clara and her circle in the forty years she lived beyond his early death? This course has a scheduled break week on 30 Oct 2024.



    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 £174.00
  13. From Nonsense to the Surreal: Edward Lear to Angela Carter
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laurie Smith
    Surrealism is one of the great developments of 20th century literature. It’s different from the fantasies of previous centuries (fairy and folk tales, imaginative stories set in remote parts of the world, satires, science fiction) because it expresses complex bizarre experiences that many people recognise as possibly part of themselves. It may reflect desires which are difficult to admit but are sometimes expressed with wit and humour. We explore how surrealism developed from the apparent nonsense of three 19th century English writers.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  14. Cultureplex Ciné-Club: women directors and their wonderlands
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katie Goss
    Come and join us at the Cultureplex Ciné-Club: Women directors and their Wonderlands, where you will have the opportunity to view and discuss the work of innovative female filmmakers whose work generates dazzling visions of alternative modes of living and spectatorship. A development from our existing Cultureplex Ciné-Club courses and taking its cue from the famous Parisian Ciné-club set up by the celebrated critic and writer, André Bazin, this incarnation of the film club will allow for the viewing of a different film each week, followed by detailed discussion and debate. The film will be introduced, and placed in both its cinematic, cultural and historic context. In sharing our viewing in City Lit’s premier screening room, the Cultureplex, we will approximate the experience of watching film in the cinema, one that is intense and fully focussed in a way that other modes of viewing often are not. After the screening we will devote the rest of the class to a collective exploration of the film, led by the tutor, but involving everyone in a participatory discussion that will allow all to express their responses, their views, their thoughts on the film screened.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
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