Visual Communication - Keeley Street

Visual Communication Courses - Online & in London

At City Lit, our exciting range of visual communication courses will give you a creative insight into working with images and text in an emerging and innovative area. Explore a range of concepts and creative processes, within the areas of graphic design, illustration, children’s book illustration and animation, learning how to produce work visually in a diverse and exciting way. 

Working with industry professionals and experienced tutors in our fully equipped design studios, students will have access to everything they need to complete their next creative challenge. Our studios offer space for creativity with all the equipment your need, including Apple Mac computers, Adobe CC software, Wacom tablets, a range of printers and scanners including access to our 3D printing and laser cutting digital suite.

We encourage playful experimentation, working with both analogue and digital tools. Our courses range from drafting story boards and cartoon design to film poster graphics, from typography and magazine layout to printed creative packaging and digital illustrations.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

To arrange a conversation with our Visual communication coordinator about your interests, options and courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team at visualarts@citylit.ac.uk  

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  1. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Explore basic design and illustration techniques using Adobe Illustrator – the key high-end graphics software used to create logos and icons. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pens, colour, and type as you learn about infographics and designing with vectors.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  2. Explore illustration
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Graphic design: cut n paste collage techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Work with a range of collage techniques, to produce quick cut n paste visuals, generating exploratory, experimental and unexpected outcomes. This short course will take you on a creative journey using hands-on collage methods relevant today in contemporary design. Discover your own unique style and take creative control exploring principles used in graphic design; contrast, balance, hierarchy, repetition and alignment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  4. Explore graphic design
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    This one day workshop in Graphic Design will enable you to share and discuss your interests and ambitions and will help you find out other courses on offer that suit your progression aims. Engage in some quick fire experimental activities to get your creativity in motion.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  5. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses are tailored for accelerated learning for busy people who need to learn key skills for the workplace. On this Adobe Creative Cloud course, covering Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, you will learn key tools and techniques to develop, deliver and optimise vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £449.00
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  6. Adobe Photoshop: stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 14 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Harding
    Learn about the potential and possibilities available to you when using Adobe Photoshop,and develop some practical skill and knowledge.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  7. Comic book art and graphic novels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Marchant
    Be part of the vibrant underground comic movement and learn how to use illustration, cartooning and collage to create innovative mini comics or fanzines. Develop ideas and work that could kick start your own graphic novel project.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  8. Explore children's book illustration
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    Explore the world of children’s book illustration and discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. Find out about progression courses to support your next steps.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  9. 50 projects in graphic design: intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Aug 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    On this fast and varied fun practical course you will undertake 50 projects that all relate to the subject of raphic Design. The limited time aspect will enable you to respond spontaneously and creatively whilst exploring key aspects of Graphic Design. This is invaluable for rebooting your creative responses to briefs.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
  10. Illustration for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Graff
    Love to draw but lack direction? Want to bring more structure, and meaning to your art-work? Through a series of creative workshops, Illustration for beginners will equip you with the confidence and tools to bring content and purpose to your image-making. The course will provide a strong foundation from which you can build your illustration practice and exercise your unique voice.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  11. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    This introduction to graphic design and illustration will enable you to identify what creative path within visual communication you wish to pursue and develop. Explore both these pathways through a series of dynamic, creative and engaging practice projects.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  12. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    A fun and challenging introduction to these three programs, regularly used together for everything from infographics to packaging and magazine work. Learn how to integrate vector graphics, photographic images and page layout and design.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £357.00
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  13. Children's book illustration for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Rolfe
    Start your journey into the world of Children’s book illustration. Develop characters and learn how to communicate ideas through image making processes. Start the process of laying out your ideas and narratives.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  14. Digital illustration with Procreate
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    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
  15. Commercial illustration: mixed media techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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

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