Visual Communication - Keeley Street

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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. Design and make your own graphic design zines
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pam Williams
    Working with collage is a direct communication from eye to hand that generates the unexpected. 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
  2. Illustration for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (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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  3. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    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
  4. Botanical illustration
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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
  5. Graphic design for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gillian Fielden
    This introduction to graphic design will guide you through a series of creative exercises that focus on the basic design principles, enabling you to create exciting visual solutions by learning to take risks and push your ideas forward.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  6. Adobe Illustrator: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    Learn advanced features of Adobe Illustrator and how to use the application more intuitively, accurately and creatively.This course is an ideal follow-on to 'Adobe Illustrator:stage 1' for those who have an interest in design and Illustration.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  7. Commercial illustration: mixed media techniques
    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
  8. 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
  9. Children's book illustration for beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    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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