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 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. Adobe Illustrator: stage 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gita Hahn
    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 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 £142.00
  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. 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
  7. City Lit Pro: Adobe InDesign intensive
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 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.



    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 £349.00 Concession £349.00
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  8. 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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  9. Introduction to: Comic book art and graphic novels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Mar 2023

    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
  10. 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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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Introduction to illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    If you are interested in illustration and would like to explore the subject further, this course will show you a range of new and exciting approaches. You will learn many new techniques, whether you are a complete beginner or someone who would like to refresh their approach. On this practical course you’ll learn the practicalities of what it is to be an illustrator. This is not a computer-based course but there is help and advice with software for those who wish to use it.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00
  14. Comic book art and graphic novels
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Apr 2023

    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
  15. 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

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