Visual Communication Courses 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 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Develop your illustration style

    New
    Course Date: Fri 4 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your illustration style on this short course for intermediate illustrators. Through short exercises you will explore drawing in different styles, seeking inspiration from a raft of illustrators, and finish with a sketchbook of new illustrative styles to take on to future projects.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £101.00

  2. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £649.00
    Senior fee: £649.00
    Concession: £396.00

  3. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1

    Course Date: Tue 8 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore basic graphic design and illustration techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator with the opportunity to draw and design on paper and execute in Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pen tools, colour, gradients and type.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Try it out: Adobe InDesign

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In this fun practical session you will learn how you can use InDesign for your publishing or marketing needs and have enjoy creating a publicity document with text and Image.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  5. Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Exploring watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water-soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches. Suitable for all levels.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  6. Try it out: graphic design

    Try it out: graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're interested in Graphic Design but don't know which course best suits your interests and ambitions, this one-session taster course will help you find out which longer graphic design course is right for you.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. A short introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A brief introduction to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop used for graphic design, publishing, illustration,

    fashion and marketing. Useful for companies or individuals promoting themselves. Try out layout, vector graphics and

    image editing.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  8. Try it out: animation

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    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.).

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

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

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 (and 3 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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £579.00
    Senior fee: £579.00
    Concession: £579.00

  10. Drawing into painting

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain an understanding of the creative journey from drawing or sketch to finished painting. Use paint techniques or mixed media, and find out how the two activities contrast yet potentially support each other. Basic materials included.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £389.00
    Senior fee: £311.00
    Concession: £237.00

  11. Adobe InDesign: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (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 advertisments and lay out a multi-column page.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £239.00

  12. Try it out: contemporary collage

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images in this short experimental course for beginners, inspired by contemporary artists who use collage as part of their practice. Suitable for beginners.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Children's book illustration: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  14. Fundamentals of graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Please check back shortly. The full course details will be released soon.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. branding brand yourself visual identity

    Brand yourself: introduction to visual identity

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The world is full of designed brands, some we love, some we hate. Yet whatever our feelings, they represent some form of organisation, service or product, which as humans helps us to make sense of the complex world we live in. Create a visual brand about yourself. You will create that brand based on your aspirations and self-reflection. We will use any means to create the branding, whether physical, photographic, drawn or electronically generated via Apple and Adobe systems. What we shall strive for is a creative spark that communicates: you.



    On this course you will explore the nature of branding within graphic design and discuss the attributes to come to a better understanding of their design and their role in our lives. By looking at the ethos of brands we will see how their use is part of the bigger picture of visual commercial transactions and of marketing design communications.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

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