Art & Design Courses in London

Build 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. Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at Build. 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. Travel photography

    Travel photography

    Course Date: Thu 25 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want an impressive holiday album rather than the usual random snaps? Learn how to take striking travel photographs, from capturing that perfect sunset or dramatic vista, to close up portraits of the people you encounter. Get to grips with technique and visual composition in different settings, experiment with professional equipment and consider the ethical and legal issues of photographing abroad.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  3. Drawing 1

    Drawing 1

    Course Date: Thu 25 Apr 2019 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  4. Setting up a photography business

    Setting up a photography business

    Course Date: Sun 28 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Thinking of setting yourself up as a professional photographer? Get expert guidance on your first steps into the commercial world and develop essential business skills, from planning and basic book-keeping to the most lucrative areas of photography and the best professional accreditations.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Portraits 2

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further develop your knowledge of the technical aspects of portraiture and your understanding of the relationship between artist and sitter. Undertake practical projects which enable you to develop a personal approach in the latter stages of the course. Basic materials provided.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  6. Expressionist life painting

    Expressionist life painting

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore paint surfaces and textures as you paint directly from a life model. Having multiple weeks to rework compositions, discover strategies to express energy and retain interest in the experience of sustained observation.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  7. Animating in 2D in Photoshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to produce exciting 2D animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Photoshop CC.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the world of artists’ books and create your own one-off or small edition. Combine text, image and bookbinding to bring your interests to life; this course will help you develop your ideas through the structure of the book.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  9. Evening photography walks in London

    Evening photography walks in London

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    See familiar London sights differently and develop your skills in night and low-light-level photography by exploring the city with your camera on a series of fascinating evening photo walks. Join an expert photographer on routes around five different areas - The City, Theatreland, River Thames and Green Park, and Statues and Squares in the West End - using each walk to focus on a different photographic technique, with professional-looking results.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Foundation diploma in art and design: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will be required to attend for three days per week (10.30 - 16.30). The days of the week you attend will vary according to your choice of specialist subjects. Please contact us for additional information.

    The course fee is £5521, inclusive of an upfront material fee of £100.

    If you’re unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the cost, repayable after the course ends.

    If you choose to apply for a Loan, an amount of £300 is payable on enrolment, this includes a deposit of £200 secure your place (refundable after you complete the course) and the material fee of £100.

    You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan

    Full fee: £5,521.00
    Senior fee: £5,521.00
    Concession: £5,521.00

  11. Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Bookbinding: improvers’ workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one term course is designed to help students to develop their bookbinding skills. You will already have some experience of binding techniques and some knowledge of tools, materials and equipment in order to benefit from this workshop-style class. There will be the opportunity to work on your own projects, or to practice skills in which you feel less confident in order to enable you to progress to higher level courses.

    Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Lithography: all levels

    Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This most painterly of printmaking processes depends on the delicate balance between grease and water. Learn how marks and brush strokes drawn and painted on the printing plate can be faithfully reproduced to create bold or subtle prints.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Art, society and politics

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Critical thinking course for creative practitioners exploring culture, society and politics drawing on a range of cultural theories and work by significant artists and designers to enhance and inspire creative thinking and practical work.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Explore colour media in drawing

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore different colour media such as pencils, pen and ink and pastels, discovering their unique qualities and the possibilities each has to offer. Learn how basic colour theory can help control colour while working from observation.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore basic graphic design techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator. Learn about paths, gradients, pen tools, brush patterns, text effects and more.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  16. Life drawing after work: all levels

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun, relaxed and shorter life drawing class better suited for people coming straight from work. You will be able to work from a variety of life models in different poses, using a range of drawing materials. For all levels of ability.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  17. Art evolutions: Pop to post-internet art

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore art and culture in the late 20th century, focusing on the major developments and movements in art including Neo-Dada and Pop art, conceptual and performance, installation and Postmodernism, and their relationship to wider cultural contexts. This can be studied on its own or as a continuation of 'Modern art: 1900-1950'.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  18. Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

    Asian art: cultural synergies in the Indian subcontinent

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the fascinating world of Indian and Islamic art and the cross-cultural links not only between neighbouring countries but also with the art of Europe. Includes a museum visit.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  19. Printmaking studio: focus on colour

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A course for intermediate and experienced printmakers wanting to build on previous experience and experiment with process to consolidate and hone technical skills. The focus is on colour application, advanced intaglio processes, realising personal projects and the production of high quality prints.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  20. Build intermediate to advanced bookbinding

    Build intermediate to advanced bookbinding

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity for experienced students to work on individual projects such as fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures. Complete all those unfinished pieces or create something new. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £439.00
    Senior fee: £351.00
    Concession: £268.00

  21. Start watercolour

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a range of watercolour techniques such as layering, masking out and creating textures, to gain basic skills and an insight into the possibilities of this exciting medium. Includes some work from still life observation.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  22. Designing textiles using Photoshop: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create patterns and designs for printed textiles which may then be printed onto cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photshop who are textile artsits or designers, or for anyone interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  23. SketchUp Pro for beginners

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms with this easy-to-use and intuitive program. It is a perfect addition to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £188.00

  24. Ways into abstract painting

    Ways into abstract painting

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £207.00

  25. Build textiles: colour, print, pattern

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore various ways of colouring and printing onto fabric through this project based course. Introducing techniques and design process develop a portfolio of textile samples, a sketchbook of research and aim towards finished work.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £389.00
    Concession: £237.00

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