Whether you're seeking a new skill, developing an existing one or simply want a bite-size taste of our School of Art, Architecture and Design, we offer many short and professional courses across a range of creative disciplines.
Who we are
Our School of Art, Architecture and Design is internationally recognised for its high-quality teaching, excellent facilities and unique interdisciplinary opportunities. We offer short courses at every stage – from introductory level through to refining the skills of practising professionals. We offer daytime, evening and summer courses.
In our well-equipped studios, students learn through making, experimenting with processes and techniques as well as developing skills for personal and professional practice.
Our short courses are led by recognised industry professionals in specialist spaces including workshops, studios, editing suites and darkrooms.
The School is expanding its short course programme, having recently created an exciting new range of graphics, illustration and printmaking courses. In the coming months, we'll also be introducing new photography, jewellery and textiles courses. Keep your eyes peeled to the website or add yourself to our mailing list to stay updated.
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Short courses by subject area
One-Day workshops and masterclasses
Want to build on your skills or simply enjoy a day of making? We have a range of one-day workshops and masterclasses which work equally well on their own or as part of a programme.
Furniture and upholstery
We offer an extensive range of furniture and upholstery courses covering areas including furniture making, restoration and conservation and finishing.
Restoration and conservation
Skills-based courses for beginners to advanced taught by industry practicing professionals. From gilding and restoration to specialist finishes, there’s something for everyone.
Our theatre production courses are taught by experienced professional actors and academics.
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Our Aldgate campus is served by many bus routes and underground stations including Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street mainline railway stations.
For more details of routes and timetables, visit Transport for London.
To book onto one of our short courses, please go to our eShop.
A 20% discount is available for:
- Those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or ESA
- Those whose sole or main income is a DSS state retirement pension
- Those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of DLA or PIP
- Full-time and part-time UK students on credit bearing courses, London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses or London Met alumni members
- London Metropolitan University staff
Please contact us before booking.
Terms and conditions
Please read our terms and conditions before booking. These can be found by scrolling down the page.
Inspire your friends and family with the gift of a short course gift voucher. Available in multiples of £10, £25, £50 and £100, our gift vouchers can be redeemed against any of the School's short courses.
A voucher will be sent to you for inclusion in your greetings card and are valid for up to one year from their purchase date. Vouchers can take up to five working days.
You can purchase gift vouchers from our eShop, you can also read more about gift vouchers and read our terms and conditions.
Gift vouchers are non-refundable, and courses are subject to cancellation if we don’t meet our minimum numbers. If we have to cancel a course, the gift voucher can be redeemed against the next course date or redeemed on another course.
If you have been given a gift voucher, please choose the course you would like to redeem the voucher against and book a place online.
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1.1 Full payment of the course fees must be received prior to commencement of the course. Your place on the course is not guaranteed until full payment is received.
2.1 Fees can be paid by credit or debit card online. Payment by cheque is also accepted; please make all cheques payable to London Metropolitan University. Please note that cheques can take up to three weeks to clear.
2.2 If your company or institution is paying the course fees and would prefer to be invoiced, please email us with your full details and a reference / PO number if available. Payment is required within 30 days of the date of the invoice and before commencement of the course.
3.1 There are a limited number of discounted places on our short courses, offered on a first come first served basis. The discount is 20% and can be requested within the same academic year on all short and professional development courses unless stated otherwise. The discount is for:
3.1.1 Those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit
3.1.2 Those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
3.1.3 Those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
3.1.4 Currently enrolled full-time and part-time UK students on credit bearing courses, students from the School on year-long day courses or London Met alumni members
3.1.5 London Met staff
3.2 Proof of entitlement to the discount is required before the start of the course. Please do not send originals in the post.
3.3 If proof is not received before the start of the course, the remaining 20% of the course fee is due on the first day of the course.
3.4 Anyone wishing to claim a concessionary rate must do so at the time of booking as concessions cannot be claimed retrospectively.
4. Materials and equipment
4.1 Unless stated, the course fee does not include the cost of materials.
4.2 Details of any materials to be supplied by the delegate will be provided either before the start of the course or at the beginning of the course.
5. Student cards
5.1 Students on our 35 week AMUSF Modern and Traditional Upholstery course are required to have a student card in order to access the building and to use the library and photocopying facilities.
5.2 Upholstery students are given one card. If this is lost, there is a charge to replace the card.
5.3 Upholstery students can borrow up to three items at a time from the library.
5.5 All other students will be given a Short Course Pass in order to enter and exit the building on the day of their course. These passes should be handed to reception at the end of the course.
6. Cancellation by us
6.1 Please note that courses have minimum attendance levels and may be cancelled if too few bookings are received.
6.2 We reserve the right to:
6.2.1 amend or cancel courses
6.2.2 change course location
6.2.3 substitute lecturers and tutors.
6.3 If we cancel a course we shall endeavour to give you at least one weeks notice and you will have the option of transferring to another course or of having a full refund of the fees. Refunds can take up to three weeks to clear.
6.4 We will not be liable for any losses (including, but not limited to, travel and accommodation costs) arising as a consequence of any modification or cancellation of courses as set out above beyond the cost of the course fee.
7. Cancellation by you
7.1 If you wish to cancel or transfer your place on a course your request should be made in writing (via letter or email).
7.2 You have a 14 day cooling off period should you wish to cancel your place on the course, the Cancellation Period, during which time we will refund your fees in full. The Cancellation Period expires 14 days after the date of your booking. After this time, please refer to the Terms and Conditions set out below.
7.3 If your written request is received more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be entitled to a full refund, minus a £30 administration fee or to transfer to another course.
7.4 If your written request is received within three weeks of the course start date, we are not able to offer you a refund or a transfer to another course.
7.5 Our year-long Modern and Traditional Upholstery courses cancellation dates differ. Please check 2020/2021 cancellation dates with short courses office for details. The 10% deposit is non refundable.
8.1 Non-attendance of classes due to illness or for personal or professional reasons does not provide the right to refunds, extra tuition or a transfer.
8.2 However, in such an event we will consider all the circumstances and take such action that we consider to be fair and reasonable.
8.3 Please note that if alternative options are offered there may be an additional administrative charge.
8.4 Regular attendance on our AMUSF Modern and Traditional Upholstery course is required in order to complete the curriculum in the time frame specified. Should you experience difficulties attending classes on a regular basis, we ask that you contact us in writing as soon as possible so that we may explore a reasonable resolution. Further and uncommunicated non-attendance may require the University to take action and we may, at our discretion, ask the delegate to leave the course.
9. Class postponement
If a class is postponed for reasons for which we are responsible, including staff illness, we will make every reasonable effort to reschedule the class or to add the missed hours onto the remaining course classes.
10. Gift vouchers
10.1 Gift vouchers are non-refundable, and as with all our courses, courses are subject to cancellation if we don’t meet our minimum numbers. If we have to cancel a course, the gift voucher can be redeemed against the next course date or redeemed on another course. We are unable to issue a refund if the course is cancelled. Gift vouchers are valid for use for one year.
10.2 Our standard terms and conditions apply to gift vouchers. Please see Clauses 6 and 7 for details of our cancellation and transfer policy.
10.3 Those using gift vouchers who can prove their eligibility can also avail of our 20% concessionary discount scheme.
10.4 Gift vouchers can be used on our 35 week Modern and Traditional Upholstery courses but please be aware that these courses have a different booking procedure and places are limited. We recommend contacting us for full details.
10.5 Gift vouchers can take up to five working days so please purchase in good time.
Please ensure that your place is confirmed and the course is running before you make any travel arrangements. We do not offer refunds for travel or accommodation costs in accordance with Clause 6.4 above.
12.1 Our short courses are not suitable for non-EEA nationals who do not have existing immigration permission which allows study, as they do not meet University requirements for sponsorship under the Tier 4 or Student Visitor routes.
13. Disabled delegates
We will make reasonable adjustments for delegates with specific requirements. Please contact us at shortcoursesatAAD@londonmet.ac.uk when booking a place.
14. Delegate conduct
Delegates are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to recognise that other delegates also require support and assistance. If a delegate becomes persistently disruptive we reserve the right to offer a verbal or written warning and, if this does not resolve the situation, we may, at our discretion, ask the delegate to leave the course. Further information about London Metropolitan University’s procedures on student misconduct can be found by our discipline and student conduct pages. In addition, our Student Charter sets out the mutual expectations and obligations between the University and Students.
15. Minimum age
Students on our Short Courses must be 18 or over.
Due to copyrights, and to respect other participants, the use of audio and/or visual recording is not permitted during any course.
17. Force majeure
We shall not be liable for any failure or delay in the performance, in whole or part, of any or our obligations arising from or attributable to acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond our reasonable control including, but not limited to strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving our workforce or the workforce of any other party), act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, fire, flood, storm, pandemics, epidemics or other outbreaks of disease or infection, failure in the public supply of electricity, heating, lighting, air conditioning or telecommunications equipment.
We are constantly looking for ways to improve our short courses in order to maintain the high standard of course delivery we strive for. Please give us your feedback.
To pay for upholstery materials, please go to our eShop.
For material costs, please complete the Upholstery Costing Sheet.
Please only use these links if you have been directed to this page by the course organiser or the technician.