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 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Develop your illustration style

    Course Date: Fri 4 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your illustration style on this short course for intermediate illustrators. Through short exercises you will explore drawing in different styles, seeking inspiration from a raft of illustrators, and finish with a sketchbook of new illustrative styles to take on to future projects.

    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: £149.00
    Concession: £101.00

  2. Try it out: graphic design

    Try it out: graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're interested in Graphic Design but don't know which course best suits your interests and ambitions, this one-session taster course will help you find out which longer graphic design course is right for you.

    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Children's book illustration: stage 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included.

    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: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  4. Fundamentals of graphic design

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    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: £115.00

  5. branding brand yourself visual identity

    Brand yourself: introduction to visual identity

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The world is full of designed brands, some we love, some we hate. Yet whatever our feelings, they represent some form of organisation, service or product, which as humans helps us to make sense of the complex world we live in. Create a visual brand about yourself. You will create that brand based on your aspirations and self-reflection. We will use any means to create the branding, whether physical, photographic, drawn or electronically generated via Apple and Adobe systems. What we shall strive for is a creative spark that communicates: you.

    On this course you will explore the nature of branding within graphic design and discuss the attributes to come to a better understanding of their design and their role in our lives. By looking at the ethos of brands we will see how their use is part of the bigger picture of visual commercial transactions and of marketing design communications.

    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  6. Introduction to graphic design and illustration

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    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. Please note: This is not a computer based course but there will be limited access to computer equipment for tasks such as scanning and printing.

    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: £319.00
    Concession: £195.00

  7. Try it out: botanical illustration

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Graphic design for fashion promotion

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Oct 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: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  9. Graphic design: stage 1

    Graphic design: stage 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 5 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 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

  10. City Lit graphic design course

    City Lit graphic design course

    Course Date: Wed 14 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    Explore the exciting world of graphic design and its many changing forms. The City Lit Graphic Design course offers both knowledge and practical experience engaging students through; demonstrations, discussions, design lectures and practical creative briefs and a chance to build a portfolio of design work showcasing your skills that will transform your ideas into a reality.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £2,149.00
    Senior fee: £1,719.00
    Concession: £1,311.00

  11. botanical illustration

    Botanical illustration: stage 1

    Course Date: Thu 15 Oct 2020
    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: £286.00

  12. City Lit children's book illustration course

    Course Date: Fri 23 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
    This intensive, three-term course is ideal for artists and illustrators keen to explore the world of children's book illustration in depth and develop a portfolio of work. Collect reference material, generate ideas and characters, and explore image making in the context of the current children's book market.

    This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £2,149.00
    Senior fee: £1,719.00
    Concession: £1,311.00

  13. Layout and packaging design with Adobe CC

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 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: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  14. Graphic novels and comic book art

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 13 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use illustration, cartooning and collage to create innovative mini comics or fanzines. Find out how to self-publish your work and be part of the vibrant underground comic movement.

    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: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Zines: creating DIY publications

    Zines: creating DIY publications

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 18 Nov 2020
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

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