Contemporary Crafts Courses in London

Do you enjoy making things? Choose from a number of our contemporary craft courses in London such as calligraphy courses, basketry, bookbinding, jewellery making courses and ceramics and pottery courses that will allow you to explore your artistic creativity using a variety of different materials. 

Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday-Friday between 10am-5pm.

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  1. Build 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

  2. Build basketry course: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 13 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For learners experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques, this is a new course to build develop your skills. You will be introduced to some new techniques and emphasis will be placed on self directed study and developing a personal portfolio of work. This course is suitable for those experienced in a wide range of basketry techniques and who have completed the Build basketry course or have equivalent skills. These will be discussed at a pre-enrolment interview.
    Full fee: £999.00
    Senior fee: £799.00
    Concession: £609.00

  3. Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Try it out: jewellery making weekend

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a pendant and silver ring in a weekend. During this action packed course, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to make simple jewellery in metal.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  4. Glazing your work

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For students who have attended our ceramics courses, this is an opportunity to return and glaze your fired work. Basic glazing techniques will be taught, with advice on which glazes to use.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  5. Build ceramics

    Build ceramics

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a wide variety of techniques including throwing, handbuilding, decoration and glazing. Ideal for beginners to pottery or for those with some experience.
    Full fee: £1,649.00
    Senior fee: £1,319.00
    Concession: £1,006.00

  6. Build ceramics workshop

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Workshop in ceramics alongside students on VR710 Build ceramics.
    Full fee: £1,299.00
    Senior fee: £1,299.00
    Concession: £792.00

  7. Try it out: calligraphy, modern copperplate

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Modern calligraphy can be learned by everyone and used in business and everyday life to reflect your personality and creativity. This workshop will guide you through the basics and show you how! Suitable for left or right handers.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  8. Beginners' bookbinding

    Beginners' bookbinding

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start your bookbinding journey with this accessible, 6 week introduction to techniques and structures. Learn how to make simple folded books progressing to a more complex stitched binding and explore the world of handmade books.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  9. Try it out: jewellery making

    Try it out: jewellery making

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal for beginners who want to give jewellery making a go. Come and join this short taster course introducing you to basic jewellery processes and techniques to enable you to make a simple piece of jewellery.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Bookbinding: bradel binding

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The bradel binding can be traced back to the eighteenth century and although it resembles a case binding, the techniques used to construct the book make it much more durable. This structure can be adapted for use with paper, cloth and leather. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  11. Pottery

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experience and explore all the making techniques in ceramics: coiling, slab-building, press moulds and throwing on the wheel. Also included is an introduction to basic glazing and simple glaze mixing.
    Full fee: £1,159.00
    Senior fee: £927.00

  12. Introduction to jewellery making

    Introduction to jewellery making

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and develop a range of essential jewellery making techniques and processes for creating metal jewellery. This course is designed for beginners who would like to gain fundamental skills like sawing, filing, sanding, drilling, texturing, forging and soldering. Explore these techniques in set projects and use them to design and make your own pieces.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. Laser cutting for fashion applications

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore digital craftmanship using laser cutting techniques producing textiles for fashion applications. Understand the manufacturing possibilities by sampling and testing paper and fabrics, developing a variety of textile patterns. Work to a brief or personal project. Suitable for learners new to laser cutting, yet some experience on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is required.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  14. Ceramics portfolio course

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Attending two days a week, you will develop your ceramic techniques and drawing skills to build a portfolio of 2D and 3D work. Focus on the development of your personal ideas within a structure of varied projects, which could lead onto study in further and higher education. Some materials are included.
    Full fee: £2,499.00
    Senior fee: £1,999.00
    Concession: £1,524.00

  15. Mosaics introductory: direct method

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop creative expression and confidence in this classic art form. Explore manufactured/recycled materials and surface qualities by applying them directly onto a base. Please bring ideas/sketchbooks. Basic materials provided. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

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