Visual Communication

Visual Communication Courses - Online & in London

Visual communication is the basis of our relationship and our understanding with the world and we come into contact with this area of design daily. Through a combination of working with either text, image or both, our creative courses will help students understand the basic concepts and processes involved in visual communication and how to communicate ideas and work visually to different audiences in different ways.

We offer a variety of courses that experiment and explore ways of working in analogue or digital, still or interactive and in a host of subjects. From drafting a story board in pencil to designing a new graphic design poster designing creative packaging using the latest adobe software, our courses and specialist workshops will provoke you into thinking and talking about design.

As well as our short courses on offer within graphic design, illustration or animation we also have a selection of City Lit long courses. These one year long courses guide students through the key stages of a particular subject with many students progressing onto our advanced practice courses or into industry.

Our digital studios have everything students need to complete their next creative challenge, using the latest Adobe CC software, Apple Mac computers, Wacom tablets and a range of printers and scanners including access to our 3D printing and laser cutting digital suite.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Adobe InDesign: stage 2
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop intermediate desktop publishing skills using InDesign. Construct and lay out a multi column, multi page document. Work with text to create, apply and import styles, set up and apply master pages and learn good working practices.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £90.00
  2. How to create a graphic design portfolio
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    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the fundamental skills and different approaches to layout skills with this creative and practical workshop. Bring your projects and artwork along as you are guided towards building and developing a professional graphic design portfolio. The course encourages you to take risks, be playful and explore different ways of working, arranging and communicating your ideas and work. You will learn some of the core skills in layout, importing, exporting and printing through Adobe In-Design. Suitable for those with an interest in print based design, graphic design, illustration and those who want support in building an art and design portfolio for industry, application and beyond.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
  3. Adobe Photoshop: a detailed introduction
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    Course Date:  Thu 13 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course is a solid introduction to Adobe Photoshop and has been designed for students who want to learn the professional and most effective way to use Photoshop from the ground up.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00
  4. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore basic graphic design and illustration techniques and processes using Adobe Illustrator with the opportunity to draw and design on paper and execute in Illustrator. Discover what you can achieve using paths, pen tools, colour, gradients and type.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Draw, paint, print
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    On this experimental course, you will draw, paint and print in often unfamiliar ways in order to catch the unexpected. Through experimentation and reflection, you will collate a personal collection of work. .
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
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  6. Start contemporary collage
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images in this short experimental course for beginners, inspired by contemporary artists who use collage as part of their practice. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Interested in both graphic design and illustration? Want to know the primary differences and what one you may wish to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic imagery, you willworkthrough a series a short creative exercises that will highlight some of the primary overlaps and differences in working towards becomgina graphic designer or illustrator.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  8. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
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    Course Date:  Thu 18 Mar 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  9. Exploring watercolour and mixed media
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    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the sensitivity of water-based media such as inks, watercolour, water-soluble pen, pencil and crayon. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  10. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Adobe InDesign is the key desktop publishing software used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. On this stage 1 course you'll learn how to plan and design a publication, construct simple advertisements and lay out a multi-column page.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
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  11. Contemporary collage projects 1
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course initiates a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish. We will be working with a wide range of materials, on and off the wall, extending our pictorial practice into the realm of collage, painting, drawing, assemblage, bricolage, decoupage, photomontage, small scale constructions, printing and text within the context of mixed media.
    Full fee £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
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  12. Illustration for beginners
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of illustration work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  13. Animation with Adobe After Effects: stage 1
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to use After Effects to create character animation, animated graphics and animated title sequences and find out why it’s the application of choice for professional animators and motion graphics designers.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  14. Experimental animation
    Course Date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the exciting innovative work of internationally renowned artists and enjoy exploring the potential of experimental animation to develop your personal vision and fine art practice. On this practical course you will create your own short experimental animated film using a range of hands on stop motion and digital techniques.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  15. Mixed media and drawing projects 1
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Mixed Media and drawing projects 1 is the first of a two part course that will introduce you to a wide range of exciting projects bringing together specialist materials and techniques. You will work with different concepts and engage with observational and life drawing, collage, mono-printing, 3D exploration and painting. These developed skills will allow you to create an experimental and exciting portfolio of personal, creative work.
    Full fee £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00

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