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. Patterns in nature

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 27 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Geometry is everywhere in the world around us, from the simplest observations in nature to detailed measuring of intricate forms. Learn to draw patterns found in nature, slowly moving from simple to more complex designs.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Creative Photoshop and digital drawing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Experiment with a new way of working and seeing. Produce drawings and manipulate them using Photoshop to create one fully resolved digitally rendered project.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  3. Try it out: Stop motion

    Course Date: Mon 2 Dec 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Think you could create the next Morph or Wallace and Gromit? Get started in this fascinating workshop introducing you to the magic of stop-frame animation. Learn how to make the models, create storyboards, animate and edit your own short film.

    See what you could create - view a selection of films and animations made on our courses on our Vimeo site

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    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Animation with Adobe After Effects

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use After Effects to create character animation, animated graphics and animated title sequences and find out why it’s the application of choice for professional animators and motion graphics designers.

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

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    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  5. Illustrated packaging: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to develop and create exciting illustrated packaging designs using adobe illustrator cc. Invaluable for your graphic design portfolio.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Graphic design and illustration: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 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.

    . 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.

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

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

  7. Children's book illustration: advanced practice

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 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.

    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: £379.00
    Concession: £231.00

  8. Introduction to puppet animation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make your own traditional 3D puppet and the principals of how best to animate, film and edit your own stop-frame puppet animated sequence.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  9. Children's book writing and illustration workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  10. Children's book illustration: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of the children's book illustration industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  11. Graphic design: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  12. Children's book illustration: beginners

    Children's book illustration: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  13. City Lit Advanced animation

    Course Date: Thu 30 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    On this fast paced practical course you will not only learn advanced animation techniques and get expert guidance on your own animation project but you will also learn how to position yourself within the animation industry and apply for commissions and funding.

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

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    Full fee: £899.00
    Senior fee: £719.00
    Concession: £548.00

  14. Photoshop on Sunday for beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £379.00
    Concession: £379.00

  15. Children's book illustration intensive

    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A great opportunity to develop your illustration skills, your professional portfolio and your own children’s book illustration project. Invaluable for both artists and illustrators.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses
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    Full fee: £679.00
    Senior fee: £679.00
    Concession: £414.00

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