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. Children's book illustration: preparation of portfolio and visual outcomes
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An opportunity to continue developing your professional children's book illustration practice. Hone your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  2. Exploring watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 27 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.



    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 £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00
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  3. Adobe InDesign: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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 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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
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  4. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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). 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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Fundamentals of graphic design
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will give you a strong basis for creative problem solving, developing creative responses and being able to acknowledge how good graphic design is used within the world we engage with on a daily basis. Working on a series of short engaging tasks supported by contextual references and 1:1 support, you will build both subject confidence and the ability to produce creative solutions and responses.



    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). 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 £115.00
  6. Illustration projects 1
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come on an image-making illustrative journey where you will explore a variety of media, techniques and processes. Through exercises, workshops and set briefs you will discover your unique voice and learn how to express it through image. Illustration project will enable you to start positioning your work in the context of industry and learning how to engage with it. This course is suitable for anyone who enjoys the process of making imagery. There is no right or wrong, just your way.



    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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  7. Children's book illustration: introduction to ideas and characters
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief.



    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 £134.00
  8. Zines and DIY publications in graphic design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This is a low tech, fun approach to create your first Do-It-Yourself publication. Zines or Fanzines (from the word magazine) refers to self-published booklets, produced by hand that have a distinctive cut and paste graphic style - as seen in punk culture in the 70s. The course is an opportunity to take creative control, a chance to discover your own unique style and learn how to assemble a handmade publication from start to finish. Would suit illustrators, animators, printmakers or photographers or for those wishing to learn new ways to present a collection of visual ideas.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Adobe Illustrator: stage 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    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). 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
  10. Adobe InDesign: stage 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 28 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 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
  11. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 29 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    City Lit Pro courses provide accelerated learning for busy people who need specific skills for the workplace. This course covers Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign at an intermediate level. You'll learn advanced techniques and efficient workflows to create and manipulate photographs, graphics and page layouts.



    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). 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 £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £225.00
  12. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your knowledge of the children's book industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  13. Illustration projects 2
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Illustration can be understod as imagery in context often aligned with graphic design to impart information to an audience. This course, delivered in 3 project based courses, will primarily give you a deeper understanding of what illustration is, what it can be, and the context in which it exists.







    Throughout the course, you will explore a variety of image-making processes and through experimentation and play identify and develop your authentic voice, which can be utilised to respond to set assignments and ultimately commercial projects.



    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 £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00

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