Graphic design, illustration and animation

From comic books to typography, our graphic design and illustration courses cover a wide range of subjects and cater to for all levels. Our courses are taught by passionate and expert teachers, and take place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends.

Download information on course levels and progression courses for graphic design and illustration in 2018.
Download information on course levels and progression courses for animation in 2018.

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab, new for autumn 2018.

Browse the City Lit blog;

Dee Shulman: My top tips for writing and illustrating for children

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

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  1. City Lit animation course

    Course Date: Tue 23 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Passionate about animation? Fancy spending a year building skills in traditional and digital animation techniques, taught by professional animators in our fully-equipped studio? This exciting fast-track course is open to all, including beginners, giving you the opportunity to explore both commercial and experimental approaches to animation. A fantastic start to a new career, or simply a chance to pursue your passion with like-minded people.

    See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £1,999.00
    Senior fee: £1,999.00
    Concession: £1,219.00

  2. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive

    Course Date: Wed 24 Oct 2018 (and 10 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee: £549.00
    Senior fee: £549.00
    Concession: £549.00

  3. Digital animation for beginners

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use the Adobe Animate CC (formerly known as Flash) to create exciting drawn and cut out animations on this practical introductory course.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  4. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive stage 2

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace.

    In this carefully prepared 3 days Photoshop course, you will take your Photoshop skills to the next level.

    You will explore additional ways to perfect your techniques to create, manipulate or enhance images and photographs for use in print and web.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £399.00

  5. Children's book writing and illustration workshop

    Course Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll examine both the writing and illustration skills you need to produce a picture book. As well as learning how to develop story ideas, characters and text, you'll learn about character sketches, sample illustrations and the relationship between illustration and text.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  6. Graphic design for beginners

    Course Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With an emphasis on an experimental approach to generating images and visualising ideas, this graphic design course will unlock your creativity using both hands on techniques and digital development with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  7. City Lit Pro: Infographics design with Adobe Illustrator

    Course Date: Tue 6 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.

    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £499.00
    Concession: £499.00

  8. Graphic design workshop: improve your layout skills

    Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your layout skills with a creative approach to using Adobe InDesign. The course encourages you to take risks, be playful and explore different ways of working. Suitable for those with an interest in print based design and who have some experience using InDesign.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Animation workshop: drawing with charcoal

    Course Date: Mon 12 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have fun exploring the techniques of famous animators. In this workshop you will be animating charcoal drawing to produce surprising experimental animation sequences based on the work of William Kentridge.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Creative illustration projects

    Course Date: Tue 13 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop illustrations inspired by popular culture images from films music advertising, photography and poster art. Ideal for beginners and those looking to further develop their style or explore a new style.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Illustrator: stage 2

    Course Date: Wed 14 Nov 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn more advanced features of Illustrator, and how to use it more intuitively, accurately and creatively. Practise and explore advanced professional techniques for design and for improving workflow. This course is an ideal follow-on to 'Illustrator: stage 1'.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Creative collages in Photoshop

    Course Date: Thu 15 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create exciting collages in Photoshop and learn how to use a range of tools, layers and filters to select and combine images.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. Photoshop: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 15 Nov 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn a new specialist topic each week and develop it in detail. Increase your knowledge and experiment with the program's applications and special effects. Prior experience of Photoshop needed.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Making mini-comics

    Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use illustration, cartooning and collage to create innovative mini comics or fanzines. Find out how to self-publish your work and be part of the vibrant underground comic movement.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Illustrator: stage 1

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

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