Visual Communication

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  

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. Graphic design: cut n paste collage techniques
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Mar 2023 (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
  3. 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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  4. Creative problem solving: 1 day workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Harding
    This one day course is an introduction to creative problem solving. You will be given an illustration brief and learn how to generate, research, select and develop your best idea and create a finished piece of artwork. This course is suitable for beginners and also those with more experience who wold like to develop their creative problem solving skills.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  5. Logo design: 1 day masterclass
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andrew McCarten
    Need a logo? Not sure how to make it? What do you want the logo to say?

    This one day course will give you some of the answers and get you excited on how to create a visual logo and make a statement! We will explore quickly many different physical and digital ways to create a visual mark. The course is led by a designer of forty years standing, who has worked on well-known brands nationally and internationally. By the end of the day you will have made a lot of work and a viable logo to take away.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  6. 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

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