Visual Communication

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. Children's book illustration: all level studio access
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This all level studio course in children's book illustration will support you in the development of your own style and characters while working with expert tutors and other students in exploring a variety of media and techniques. Learn design and layout possibilities and bring your characters to life on a page. This studio course will also support you in identyfing how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief.

    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 £389.00 Concession £237.00
  2. Children's book illustration: introduction to ideas and characters
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £155.00
  3. Digital skills for artists and designers: 02
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course builds on some of the content covered in Digital skills for artists and designers: 01 or for those looking to extend their digital skills as an aspiring artist and designer who wants to ensure they can use the digital softwares that are currently used in design practises to support their personal development and growth. You will go into a more in-depth examination and exploration of the various filters and techniques within the Adobe CC systems, and show you how to get the most out of digital technologies for your own individual success.

    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
  4. Digital skills for artists and designers: 01
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Our digital skills short courses are idea for aspiring artists and designers in all subject areas who want to ensure they have the core knowledge and skillset in the digital softwares that are currently used in design practises to support their personal development and growth. You will look at specific features, functions and techniques using core Adobe creative software programs, such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Ideal to support you in getting the most out of digital technologies for your own individual success.

    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
  5. Introduction to fashion illustration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 11 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this exciting new online course, you will be introduced to every aspect of fashion illustration. You’ll learn a wide range of drawing and painting techniques that will unlock your imagination and creativity. If you are interested in fashion illustration and would like to explore the subject further, you be introduced to a range of new and exciting approaches. This is not a computer-based course but there is help and advice with software for those who wish to use it.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £190.00
  6. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
    Course Date:  Thu 13 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  7. Mixed media drawing and collage
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 18 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
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  8. Drawing graphic novels: storytelling with words and images
    Course Date:  Thu 27 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this short online workshop drawing graphic novels, you will learn how to script and storyboard bringing your creative ideas to life. You will be introduced to techniques that will help you create exciting and consistent drawings of your characters. Discover the creative potential of the graphic novel and how you can tell stories through images and words.

    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
  9. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 1 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop, and develop some

    practical skill and knowledge.

    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
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  10. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Course Date:  Tue 8 Jun 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 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
  11. Adobe Illustrator: stage 2
    Course Date:  Tue 8 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn advanced features of Adobe Illustrator and how to use the application more intuitively, accurately and creatively.This course is an ideal follow-on to 'Adobe Illustrator:stage 1' for those who have an interest in design and Illustration.

    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  12. Animation with Photoshop
    Course Date:  Thu 10 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to produce exciting 2D animations using the wide range of brushes and tools with the animation timeline in Adobe Photoshop to create work with a unique hand-made look.

    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £115.00
  13. Adobe Photoshop: stage 2
    Course Date:  Thu 10 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 experience of Adobe Photoshop needed.

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £85.00
  14. 3D animation with Blender for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 11 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this beginners course we will dive into creating 3D computer graphics using the entirely free, extremely powerful 3D animation software ‘Blender’. You’ll learn how create 3D models, add textures, lights, simple animation and export still images and videos.

    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 £189.00 Concession £115.00
  15. Start contemporary collage and mixed media
    Course Date:  Fri 18 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images in this experimental beginners workshop.

    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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £55.00

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