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.

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

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  1. Botanical illustration

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio- and location-based course.

    See what you could create – view a small selection of work made on this course

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    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jan 2018 (and 5 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 optimize vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee: £549.00
    Senior fee: £549.00
    Concession: £549.00

  3. Illustration for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  4. InDesign: stage 1

    Course Date: Sat 3 Feb 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. In this stage 1 course you will learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisments and lay out a multi-column page.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Graphic design: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 5 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your graphic design skills further and learn how to respond professionally to industry related briefs involving a range of branded products.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our graphic design courses

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    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  6. Drawing for comic books

    Course Date: Tue 6 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to develop the process of writing and drawing comic book pages and how to plan, create and draw comic book pages effectively. Plan a four page graphic story and complete one finished page on the course. Please note: This is not a computer based course but there will be limited access to computer equipment for tasks such as scanning and printing.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe After Effects intensive

    Course Date: Wed 14 Feb 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. On this Adobe After Effects course, you will learn the essential tools and skills for using After Effects to transform your video projects. These include planning the project, organising and preparing the material, masking skills, key framing skills and working with layers.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £349.00

  8. Design with Photoshop and Illustrator

    Course Date: Sat 24 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and experiment with a range of techniques that integrate vector and raster images and graphics used for illustration, packaging, info graphics and promotional materials.
    Full fee: £449.00
    Senior fee: £449.00
    Concession: £274.00

  9. Animating in 2D in Photoshop

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fascinated by animation? Why not learn to use Photoshop to create your own hand-drawn 2D animations - try out techniques using lesser-known Photoshop tools including advanced brushes and image editing capabilities, to create work with a traditional 'non-digital' look.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. Design your own website using Wordpress: for visual artists

    Course Date: Sun 25 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If creating a website to showcase your artwork seems daunting, this easy paced course is for you. Enjoy creating an effective online presence using WordPress, the accessible and popular website and blogging software.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Create a children's picture book

    Course Date: Mon 26 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever thought about writing and/or illustrating your own children’s picture book? Not sure where to start? Here’s the opportunity to get hands-on professional input, whilst exploring your ideas. All levels welcome.

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

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    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £199.00

  12. Illustrator: stage 2

    Course Date: Tue 27 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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. An ideal follow on to 'Illustrator: stage 1'.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  13. InDesign: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 1 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop intermediate desktop publishing skills using InDesign on Apple Macs. Construct and lay out a multi column, multi page document. Work with text to create, apply and import styles, set up and apply master pages and learn good working practices.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Graphic design workshop: improve your layout skills

    Course Date: Thu 1 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Good layout skills are the basis of effective graphic design. Enhance your graphic skills with an opportunity to explore and experiment with good layout design using the industry standard software, Adobe InDesign. You will work with text and images on structured layouts including magazines and brochure design.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our graphic design courses

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    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Photoshop: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 1 Mar 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 basic experience of Photoshop needed.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

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