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.

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  

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, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Botanical illustration
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Barratt
    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
  2. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrea Marzano
    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. On this intensive and fast-paced course you'll learn the fundamental skills you need to design and manipulate vector graphics to create graphics, logos and simple illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Students should be comfortable with a fast-paced learning environment and have good computer skills.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £349.00
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  3. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    Children’s book illustration: developing personal projects will support you in both the research, development and production of your own children’s book project. Develop your own style, working with a variety of media and exploring design and layout possibilities. Image - Harriet Lynas.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  4. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 Adobe 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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  5. Explore children's book illustration
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  6. Design with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    A thorough, step-by-step introduction to Adobe InDesign and Photoshop – programs widely used in the creative industries. Learn and integrate the basics of Adobe’s flagship publishing and image editing programs. Explore a range of techniques that combine page layout and design with pixel based photographic images.
    Full fee £429.00 Senior fee £343.00 Concession £279.00
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  7. Introduction to: Comic book art and graphic novels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Mar 2023 (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. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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 practical course you will develop your skills in Adobe Photoshop, with a focus on learning to input, create, manipulate and enhance images and photographs for use in print and on the Web.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £349.00
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  9. 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
  10. Typography: hand-made techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gillian Fielden
    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.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Introduction to: Illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    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
  12. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (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
  13. Children's book illustration: image, text and writing workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Lou Kuenzler
    Bring your stories to life and bring text and image togther in this children's book workshop that will support you with the writing and illustration skills you need to produce a picture book. Learning how to develop story ideas, characters and text, with a specific focus on the relationship between illustration and text. Arrive with your characters and ideas in hand or learn how to develop character sketches and start the process of sample illustrations working towards a final story.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  14. Magazine and editorial layout design
    Course start date:  Thu 4 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gillian Fielden
    On this course you will explore grids, layouts and the relationship between text and image in the context of magazine design. You will be examine current magazine layouts, trends and various ways of generating visual ideas and design work.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  15. Children's book illustration: portfolio projects and preparation
    Course start date:  Fri 26 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    An opportunity to further develop your design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re preparing a portfolio for presentation to publishers, planning entry to a children’s book competition or wishing to continue developing your skills and imagination.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
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