Illustration Courses in London & Online

Bring your creative ideas to life and explore various approaches to mark making, illustrated letterforms, visual narratives and cartooning, using both traditional and digital processes. Gain confidence in the fundamentals of illustration practice and learn how to respond to a creative brief, generating a range of ideas and exciting work that can be book based, digital or framed.

Work with award winning and industry experts in our fully equipped design studios. Start with our illustration for beginner’s course, or for students looking to develop a wide-ranging portfolio of illustration work, check out our illustration projects course.

Courses available both in-person and online

At City Lit, you can choose to study in-person or online. Our fantastic in-person courses are taught in our attractive campus, located in the heart of Covent Garden, central London. Here, our students can benefit from a variety of services and resources, including our café and state-of-the art equipment.

Our online courses are tailored to give you a social and interactive online learning experience, allowing you freedom to study from anywhere and with like-minded fellow classmates from all over the country without the need to travel. Use the Location filters on this page to choose your preferred learning method. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Explore: illustration
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Graff
    Love drawing? Eager to reawaken your inner artist? Join us for an exploration of illustration in this taster workshop where you can enjoy the process of image-making. Explore illustration invites you to experiment with a number of drawing techniques and processes to produce a lively and often surprising series of images.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  2. Focus: Commercial Illustration
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Barratt
    On this course you will explore the role of illustration within the commercial field looking at both traditional and digital techniques. The Illustration industry has grown exponentially during the past few decades and the possibilities opened up by digital techniques has been explosive. Work with a range of set-briefs within illustration that continues to serve all areas of graphic design including publishing, editorial, fashion, packaging, branding, advertising, medicine, web, corporate and much more.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  3. Introduction to visual storytelling: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Manda Comisari
    This introduction to visual storytelling is designed to kick start those creative ideas in writing and/or illustrating your very own artwork and picture books. This course will provide you with an opportunity to get hands-on professional input, whilst exploring your ideas ni various directions.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  4. Focus: Botanical illustration
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. On this short illustration course, you will work with a range of plant species images and live studies, working both in the studio and on location.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  5. Illustrate your pet
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  6. Focus: Digital illustration with Procreate
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Rolfe
    Designed for beginners and those relatively inexperienced with Procreate, this course will guide you through processes of creating a complete illustration in Procreate on the iPad.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00

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