Graphic Design & illustration

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. Typography workshop: designing and working with type
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Typography is the keystone of good graphic design and can be used in a wide range of approaches to influence your artwork and design intentions. Designing and working with type will offer a practical opportunity to develop an in-depth appreciation of typography, learning its history, how type has been used in industry and in referecne to many world infleuntial deisgners. Learn how to effectively create, manipulate type, layout and embed type within your design work using the professional industry software Adobe Indesign and Adobe Illustrator.

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00
  2. How to create a graphic design portfolio
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the fundamental skills and different approaches to layout skills with this creative and practical workshop. Bring your projects and artwork along as you are guided towards building and developing a professional graphic design portfolio. The course encourages you to take risks, be playful and explore different ways of working, arranging and communicating your ideas and work. You will learn some of the core skills in layout, importing, exporting and printing through Adobe In-Design. Suitable for those with an interest in print based design, graphic design, illustration and those who want support in building an art and design portfolio for industry, application and beyond.

    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 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
  3. Building a graphic design portfolio
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 29 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Intended for those who wish to develop their basic graphic designing skills and knowledge, this course will lead to the development of a portfolio of works that can be useful in applying either to a Foundation course or directly to a degree course in graphics. Through structured activitis and guidence making it accessible to all with an interest in the area of graphics.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  4. Illustrating natural history
    Course Date:  Wed 30 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to capture wildlife on paper, from fossils to fleeting birds and butterflies. Gain skills using a variety of different media including digital. Includes trips to the Natural History Museum.

    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
  5. Graphic novels and comic book art
    Course Date:  Fri 2 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative potential of designing and producing your own graphic novels and comic books. Learn how to script, storyboard innovative narratives and create exciting characters and compositions that are brought ot life.

    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
  6. Fundamentals of graphic design
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online 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 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
  7. Building an art and design portfolio
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This onine course will support you in building a wide-ranging portfolio of artwork either to boost your artistic growth or to support an application for further study. You will explore a wide range of art and design projects resulting in new and diverse work alongisde support with presentation and how best to showcase your ideas.

    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
  8. Contemporary collage in graphic design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Explore graphic design
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This one-session course will introduce you to what Graphic Design is and help you find out what areas if design you are interested in explring further. Through visual presentations and short tasks you will start to be introduced to the word of being a graphic designer.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  10. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Interested in both graphic design and illustration? Want to know the primary differences and what one you may wish to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic imagery, you willworkthrough a series a short creative exercises that will highlight some of the primary overlaps and differences in working towards becomgina graphic designer or illustrator.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  11. 50 projects in graphic design
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 CC.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  12. Drawing cartoons for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own cartooning style through a range of traditional drawing and digital techniques. Create a portfolio of work in preparation for professional commissions.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  13. Illustration for beginners
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of illustration work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  14. Graphic design projects 1
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop key design skills and learn new techniques necessary for the exciting world of graphic design in this first of this 3 Part course. Part 1 is the chance to unlock your creativity and explore a range of experimental approaches in contemporary design.



    It is possible to join the course at any of the 3 stages or complete all 3 Parts over the year. Part 1 is ideal for complete beginners.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  15. Illustration projects 1
    Course Date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Full fee £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00

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