Graphic Design & illustration Courses in London

Bring your creative ideas to life with our range of specialist courses and workshops in graphic design and illustration. Unsure about what creative route to take? Then why not consider enrolling onto our introduction to graphic design and illustration course, where students are introduced to the fundamentals in both subjects, supporting them to identify the most appropriate progression route for their goals.

Our introductory stage courses will guide students through the creative processes involved, working through a series of creative projects and tasks, with one-to-one expert guidance. Students studying graphic design and illustration will analyse the ideas of some of the biggest designers in theses creative subjects and will obtain the skills required to make work like their favourite designers. Learn what being a designer is all about and leave with a professional portfolio of graphic design and illustration work.

Learn how to work to a creative brief as well as the generation and development of ideas through creative problem solving. Explore various approaches to drawing, typography, narrative and abstraction and different forms of communication using both hand and digital techniques and processes.

Our skills based workshops focus on particular elements within graphic design and illustration, and are perfect for students who have a specific project in mind or process they want to learn. From the A-Z of typography to Botanical illustration, our tutors will help students at every stage.

All our graphic design and illustration courses are delivered in our spacious digital studios that are fully equipped with the latest Adobe CC software, Apple Mac computers, laptops and printing facilities. Students at City Lit will have everything they need to achieve their creative ambitions.

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

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. Introduction to graphic design (online short course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Working through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles in graphic design, you will create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £120.00

  2. Zines: creating DIY publications

    Zines: creating DIY publications

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a low tech, fun approach to create your first Do-It-Yourself publication. Zines or Fanzines (from the word magazine) refers to self-published booklets, produced by hand that have a distinctive cut and paste graphic style - as seen in punk culture in the 70s. The course is an opportunity to take creative control, a chance to discover your own unique style and learn how to assemble a handmade publication from start to finish. Would suit illustrators, animators, printmakers or photographers or for those wishing to learn new ways to present a collection of visual ideas.

    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £70.00

  3. A-Z typography in graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Please check back shortly. The full course details will be released soon.

    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: £109.00
    Concession: £55.00

  4. 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £105.00

  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. 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

  7. 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: £469.00
    Senior fee: £375.00
    Concession: £235.00

  8. Fundamentals of graphic design

    Fundamentals of graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will give you a strong basis for creative problem solving, developing creative responses and being able to acknowledge how good graphic design is used within the world we engage with on a daily basis. Working on a series of short engaging tasks supported by contextual references and 1:1 support, you will build both subject confidence and the ability to produce creative solutions and responses.

    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: £95.00

  9. Typography workshop: designing and working with type

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 27 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Unlock your creativity and kick start an experimental approach to producing your own exciting design solutions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Introduction to illustration

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 28 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are interested in illustration and would like to explore the subject further, this course will show you a range of new and exciting approaches. You will learn many new techniques, whether you are a complete beginner or someone who would like to refresh their approach. On this practical course you’ll learn the practicalities of what it is to be an illustrator. 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

  11. Introduction to graphic design and illustration

    Introduction to graphic design and illustration

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you interested in graphic design, illustration or both? Want to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic image.

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    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

  12. Graphic design for fashion promotion

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £125.00

  13. How to create a graphic design portfolio

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With an emphasis on an experimental approach to generating images and visualising ideas, this graphic design course will unlock your creativity using both hands on techniques and digital development with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

    See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our graphic design courses

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    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

  14. Logo design in graphic design

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online


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

  15. VK414C part 3

    City Lit graphic design: part 3

    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting world of graphic design and its many changing forms by extending your skill set and developing your individual personal style on Part 3 of the City Lit Graphic Design course. There will be a chance to build a body of work that can be used towards a portfolio showcasing your ideas.



    This course is deal for those who have completed City Lit Graphic Design Part 2 (or similar) or for those interested in exploring visual communication in more depth – through more complex briefs.

    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

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