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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 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. A short introduction to Adobe InDesign

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a short and fun live online course for students that want to have a look at Adobe InDesign for the first time.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £99.00
    Concession: £50.00

  2. Discover comic strip art

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover comic strip art with this short workshop introuding you to a series of fun exercises with a professional cartoonist. Learn how to create cartoon characters, draw simple but effective backgrounds, and create your own one-page comic strip story. Suitable for complete beginners and all those who are interested in taking those first steps towards becoming a comic strip artist.

    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

  3. 50 projects in graphic design

    Course Date: Mon 14 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With an emphasis on an experimental approach to generating images and visualising ideas, this fast moving graphic design course will unlock your creativity through a combination of hands-on and basic computer techniques using Adobe Illustrator CC.

    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Developing watercolour and mixed media

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    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 materials and approaches to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.

    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: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

  5. Make your own comic book

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    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.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £75.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 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 are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £449.00
    Senior fee: £359.00
    Concession: £225.00

  7. VK414B part 2

    City Lit graphic design: part 2

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    City Lit Graphic Design Part 2 provides an opportunity to pursue your enthusiasm for visual communication, developing existing design skills by taking creative risks, engage in experimental approaches to design briefs, enhance creative thinking skills and gain an insight and understanding of contemporary design practices.

    It is still possible to join the course at this stage if you have not completed Part 1, however you will need to have some prior knowledge of the basic principles used in design and prior experience using the Adobe software programmes; InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

    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: £709.00
    Senior fee: £567.00
    Concession: £432.00

  8. Animation with Adobe After Effects: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  9. Contemporary collage projects: stage 2

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish. We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.

    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: £529.00
    Senior fee: £423.00
    Concession: £323.00

  10. draw, paint, print

    Draw, paint, print

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .

    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: £255.00
    Concession: £160.00

  11. VK501B part 2

    City Lit children's book illustration: part 2

    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the second of this three stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition.

    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: £709.00
    Senior fee: £567.00
    Concession: £432.00

  12. Botanical illustration projects 2

    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based course.

    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: £459.00
    Senior fee: £367.00
    Concession: £280.00

  13. Children's book illustration: advanced practice

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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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    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  14. Mixed media drawing and collage

    Mixed media drawing and collage

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore mixed-media techniques and composition using drawing, painting and collage. Looking at artists' work and developing personal themes, you will experiment with materials, processes and image making. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.

    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  15. Adobe InDesign: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 18 Jan 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 advertisments and lay out a multi-column page.

    This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). 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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £115.00

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