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: from pencil to pixel

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An experimental course challenging illustrators to work with a variety of ideas and materials. Create traditional works and transform them into exciting new forms using digital media. Suitable if you have some knowledge of drawing and basic computer skills.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  2. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to design and manipulate vector graphics to create graphics, logos and simple illustrations using Adobe Illustrator.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £329.00

  3. Adobe Illustrator: stage 2

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019 (and 2 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

  4. InDesign: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 28 Feb 2019 (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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  5. Photoshop: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 28 Feb 2019 (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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Traditional model animation for beginners

    Course Date: Sat 2 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Traditional model animation is more popular than ever now. On this practical course you will learn how to create engaging 3D models and animate them using professional techniques and applications. Have fun producing effective short animated sequences that could prove invaluable for your animation showreel.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  7. Illustrate your pet

    Course Date: Tue 5 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Illustrating your pet is a great way to develop illustration skills, produce an image all the family will enjoy and enable you to attract commissions from friends. Have fun exploring techniques and materials to create engaging pet portraits.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Drawing for comic books

    Course Date: Tue 5 Mar 2019
    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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  9. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive

    Course Date: Tue 5 Mar 2019 (and 6 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

  10. Design with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

    Course Date: Wed 6 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs which are used together for everything from info-graphics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design. Please note: This course runs 6 Mar - 10 Apr, and then 1 May - 3 Jul (there are two break weeks over Easter, 17 and 24 Apr).
    Full fee: £649.00
    Senior fee: £649.00
    Concession: £396.00

  11. City Lit Pro: Adobe After Effects intensive

    Course Date: Thu 7 Mar 2019 (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: £459.00
    Senior fee: £459.00
    Concession: £459.00

  12. 3D digital modelling and animation: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 8 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dive into 3D digital modelling in this introductory course. You will learn how to create and animate digital 3D models using 4D Cinema Lite, the 3D software that comes free with Adobe After Effects CC. Great for your animation or film making work and showreel.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. InDesign: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 12 Mar 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. 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: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  14. Design a logo for your business in four evenings

    Course Date: Tue 12 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What makes a logo work and what doesn’t? Explore the purpose of a logo, the fundamental properties of a successful design, corporate identity, image and branding. Look at real life case studies.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  15. Creative Photoshop and digital drawing

    Course Date: Thu 14 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get guided help in using Photoshop to develop and produce your own work in a workshop environment. There will be a focus on using a Wacom pen and pad to draw directly into the computer. This course will be tailored to your individual needs and is suitable if you have some experience of Photoshop.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

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