Visual Communication Courses - Online & in London

Visual communication is the basis of our relationship and our understanding with the world and we come into contact with this area of design daily. Through a combination of working with either text, image or both, our creative courses will help students understand the basic concepts and processes involved in visual communication and how to communicate ideas and work visually to different audiences in different ways.

We offer a variety of courses that experiment and explore ways of working in analogue or digital, still or interactive and in a host of subjects. From drafting a story board in pencil to designing a new graphic design poster designing creative packaging using the latest adobe software, our courses and specialist workshops will provoke you into thinking and talking about design.

As well as our short courses on offer within graphic design, illustration or animation we also have a selection of City Lit long courses. These one year long courses guide students through the key stages of a particular subject with many students progressing onto our advanced practice courses or into industry.

Our digital studios have everything students need to complete their next creative challenge, using the latest Adobe CC software, Apple Mac computers, Wacom tablets and a range of printers and scanners including access to our 3D printing and laser cutting digital suite.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. looking at artists: focus on collage and papercutting

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    As part of our ‘looking at artists’ series, this short online course will introduce you to artists who use collage and papercutting techniques in representational and abstract works. Be inspired by the creative works of Henri Matisse, John Piper, and Rob Ryan and explore how these techniques are approached and you can start to develop personal experimental samples in collage and papercutting.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. An Introduction to 3D CGI with Blender

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Blender is a free, hugely powerful and widely used 3D program for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, virtual reality and computer games.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  3. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Feb 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  4. Adobe InDesign: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop intermediate desktop publishing skills using InDesign. 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.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  5. City Lit Pro: Infographic design with Adobe Illustrator

    Course Date: Tue 2 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Illustrator, with a focus on creating infographics to present complex data in a visual, fun, attractive and impactful way to engage your audience.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £250.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 3 Mar 2021 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 Adobe 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.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £499.00
    Concession: £250.00

  7. A short introduction to cut out animation

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to do the cut out animation technique, learn the principles of animation, make your own puppet character, film and edit your own animated sequence.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Collage online workshop: patterns and textures

    Course Date: Tue 9 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Cutting, pasting, layering, rubbing, ripping and more – experiment with this exciting online contemporary collage course, exploring various techniques to create a variety of figurative and abstract collage pieces from raw materials in your own home.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £55.00

  9. A short introduction to stop motion animation

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 10 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to do tradition model armature puppet animation and plasticine animation. we will look at the principals of animation and apply them to the puppet sequences produced during the sessions - see some example tv puppets -animate and focus on timing and performance to create dynamic animations. Learn to use Stop Motion Studio to edit clips and export them.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

  10. Social media for visual artists: promote and network

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your social media skills in this engaging session. Learn how to grow your business network and promote yourself positively.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  11. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive

    Course Date: Wed 17 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop, with a focus on learning to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £175.00

  12. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Mar 2021 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £599.00
    Senior fee: £479.00
    Concession: £300.00

  13. Adobe Photoshop: the full reference

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is aimed to teach you Adobe Photoshop from scratch. You will learn essential and advanced skills and methods, using Photoshop’s image manipulation and creation tools leading to an in-depth knowledge of the program.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £250.00

  14. Discover how to cut n paste it

    New
    Course Date: Thu 1 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    In this short online workshop, How to cut n paste it will give you creative control with a chance to discover your own unique style using hands-on cut and paste methods to create stunning contemporary style imagery and graphic design collage work. With a playful approach to exploring shape, line, texture, composition,scale and

    type, you will soon see the potential of using a range of cut and paste methods.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. Adobe InDesign: stage 1

    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £110.00

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