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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Fundamentals of graphic design

    Fundamentals of graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 26 Jan 2021
    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: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £110.00

  8. 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

  9. 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: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £180.00

  10. 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: £309.00
    Senior fee: £247.00
    Concession: £155.00

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Hilary Stock images for the exhibition - I used to be a photography student

    City Lit photography: part 2

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Delve deep into the world photography and get to know your camera, learning both traditional and digital techniques. City Lit photography: stage 1 kicks of a yearlong course that offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring various contexts and the background of its many genres. Try out and develop new skills in industry software and gain the confidence and skills required to plan, shoot and edit your own photography project. City Lit photography: stage 1 is the first of the two stage course, enabling you to build a comprehensive and exciting portfolio of photographic work. It is possible to join the course at either stage or complete both stages across the year should you wish. Students who complete both stages of the course will achieve all of the learning outcomes and will have the opportunity to present their final ideas and work in an exhibition. Hilary Stock images for the exhibition - I used to be a photography student 2020.

    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: £819.00
    Senior fee: £655.00
    Concession: £500.00

  14. 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

  15. 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

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