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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  1. Children's book illustration: advanced practice

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £231.00

  2. Try it out: Illustration

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover what it means to be an illustrator, and the world of opportunities this offers you. This practical short course is a guided introduction to the world of illustration, and ideal if you are thinking about either starting Illustration or developing your practice.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Botanical illustration: stage 3

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is popular in branding, advertising, textile design and book illustrations. On this advanced practical course you will develop traditional techniques in botanical illustration and then transforms these into vibrant and versatile digital designs using Adobe Illustrator. Invaluable for your professional portfolio.
    Full fee: £549.00
    Senior fee: £439.00
    Concession: £335.00

  4. Children's book illustration: all levels

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  5. Adobe Photoshop professional retouching

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use some of the tools and processes used by professionals to enhance your pictures, remove unwanted elements and improve the professional quality of your images.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Animating in 2D in Photoshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    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 Adobe Photoshop to create work with a unique hand-made look.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 28 Apr 2020
    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

  8. Digital 2D character animation using Animate stage 2

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this short, fast paced, practical course you will learn some advanced techniques to create professional looking drawn and cut-out animation using Adobe Animate CC.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Illustrator for embroidery design

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course embraces digital design in preparing artwork in adobe illustrator for embroidery design, whether that be for digital embroidery design or template creation for hand embroidery work.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Start 3D animation with Blender

    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this beginners course we will dive into creating 3D computer graphics using the entirely free, extremely powerful 3D animation software ‘Blender’. You’ll learn how create 3D models, add textures, lights, simple animation and export still images and videos.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Digital animation for beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For anyone who's ever wanted to try their hand at digital animation, this 10-week beginner's course introduces you to all the basic skills, combining traditional methods of drawn and cut-out animation with computer techniques to help you produce your own short animations using Animate CC (formerly known as Flash).
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  12. Illustration: stage 1

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020 (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

  13. Graphic design and illustration: stage 2

    Graphic design and illustration: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you interested in graphic design, illustration or both? Want to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic image.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £219.00

  14. Photoshop: stage 1

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Photoshop, and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  15. Creative Photoshop workshop

    Course Date: Thu 30 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get guided help in using Photoshop to develop and produce your own work in a workshop environment. This course will be tailored to your individual needs and is suitable if you have some experience of Photoshop.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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