Graphic Design & Illustration Courses - Online & 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.

  1. Discover cut n paste techniques in graphic design

    Course Date: Thu 1 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Handmade cut n paste collage work continues to be an approach taken by designers and is the tool kit for many graphic designers and mixed media artists. Still relevant today within contemporary design, this short workshop will give you creative control with a chance to discover your own unique style using hands-on cut and paste collage methods. Create stunning contemporary style graphic imagery and design work, with a playful approach to exploring shape, line, texture, composition, scale and type.

    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

  2. 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

  3. Children's book illustration: advanced practice

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 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: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  4. Introduction to graphic design and illustration

    Introduction to graphic design and illustration

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    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.

    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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £155.00

  5. Introduction to illustration

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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: £231.00

  6. Botanical illustration projects 3

    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is popular in branding, advertising, textile design and book illustrations. On this advanced practical course you will develop traditional techniques in botanical illustration and then transforms these into vibrant and versatile digital designs using Adobe Illustrator. Invaluable for your professional portfolio.

    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

  7. Fundamentals of graphic design

    Fundamentals of graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    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 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

  8. Building an art and design portfolio

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 May 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: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £190.00

  9. Start Illustration

    Course Date: Thu 13 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover what it means to be an illustrator, and the world of opportunities this offers you. This practical short course is a guided introduction to the world of illustration, and ideal if you are thinking about either starting Illustration or developing your practice.

    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

  10. Drawing graphic novels: storytelling with words and images

    Evening
    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

  11. Typography workshop: designing and working with type

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Introduction to visual storytelling: intensive

    Course Date: Mon 19 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting opportunity to explore the world of illustration as a means of telling visual stories across a variety of illustration genres, from advertising through editorial to children’s book 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 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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £155.00

  15. Children's book illustration: Intensive

    Course Date: Mon 2 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical four day course. Learn techniques in developing ideas and creating exciting images in the context of the current children's book market. Please note, there will be some offsite drawing which will involve walking, standing and/or sitting for long periods. Please bring footwear for comfortable walking and you may wish to bring a portable sketchbook stool.

    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

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