Graphic Design, Illustration & Animation Courses in London

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.

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

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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. Illustration: an introduction to visual storytelling

    Course Date: Mon 22 Jul 2019 (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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Photoshop for illustration: intensive

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use Photoshop to create and enhance effective multi-layered illustrations. Gain an overview of the functions of Photoshop and create illustrations using scanned artwork and photographs.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your Photoshop skills to the next level in this carefully prepared 3 days Photoshop course. Learn expert techniques to create realistic compositions, mind blowing illustrations and manipulate images like a pro.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £399.00

  4. Photoshop for beginners: intensive

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An ideal introduction to image manipulation using Photoshop. Learn and practise the essential skills, and work towards a greater understanding of the main features of this popular program so that you can edit your images in exciting and creative ways.
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £311.00
    Concession: £237.00

  5. Animation intensive

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Throw yourself into the world of stop motion animation on this intensive practical course. Explore a range of materials and techniques to produce exciting drawn, cut out and 3D animation sequences. Invaluable for your show reel.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Drawing caricatures

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Being able to draw both realistic and exaggerated cartoon portraits is an invaluable cartooning skill. Have fun learning how to draw engaging and witty caricatures of famous figures and your own friends and family.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. InDesign stage 2: fast track

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 31 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short fast paced course InDesign course is the ideal follow on from either ‘InDesign stage 1’ or ‘Design with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign’ and is taught on Apple Macs. Learn to use Adobe InDesign’s page layout, graphics and text handling features to a more advanced level, create complex and exciting documents; enhance your efficiency and speed up your work-flow.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Start graphic design: improve your layout skills

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  9. Children's book illustration for beginners

    Children's book illustration for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief. Basic materials provided.

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

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    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  10. Try it out: animation

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever fancied producing your own animations for web, devices and video? Come and learn the basics of creating professional-looking drawn animated sequences using the software application Animate CC (formerly known as Flash.). An ideal taster if you are interested in our 30 week City Lit animation course but would like to try it out before signing up.


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    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. Try it out: drawing caricatures

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short introduction on how to draw engaging and witty caricatures of famous figures and your own friends and family.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Start 3D animation with C4D lite

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create 3D characters and scenes and bring them to life on this introductory course in Cinema4Dlite. This powerful and versatile 3D software comes free as part of Adobe After Effects CC.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Digital 2D character animation using Animate stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC (formerly known as Flash) - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn & cut-out animation using digital tools with a focus on animating characters.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (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: £579.00
    Senior fee: £579.00
    Concession: £579.00

  15. InDesign: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (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. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisments and lay out a multi-column page.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

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