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. Graphic design projects 1
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop key design skills and learn new techniques necessary for the exciting world of graphic design in the first of this 3 Part course. Part 1 is the chance to unlock your creativity and explore a range of experimental approaches in contemporary design. It is possible to join the course at any of the 3 stages or complete all 3 Parts over the year. Part 1 is ideal for beginners.



    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 £459.00 Senior fee £367.00 Concession £280.00
  2. Children's book illustration projects 1
    Course start date:  Fri 5 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the first of this three stage course. The course, which offers the opportunity for artists and illustrators to explore children’s book illustration in depth, is delivered through demonstrations, discussions, lectures and practical creative projects. Students who complete all three stages of the City Lit children’s illustration course will have the opportunity to produce a substantial portfolio of work and present their final ideas and artwork in an exhibition. Image - Ruth Lawn.



    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 £459.00 Senior fee £367.00 Concession £280.00
  3. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    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.



    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 £359.00 Concession £225.00
  4. Design with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £200.00
  5. 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
  6. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included. Image - Harriet Lynas.



    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
  7. City Lit animation: part 2
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Passionate about animation? Fancy developing professional skills in traditional and digital animation techniques, taught by professional animators in our fully-equipped studio?



    In this Part 2 of a 3 Parts course, you will learn how to create exciting and effective animations using different drawn animation techniques, and how to create digital experimental and traditional drawn animation using the professional software Adobe Animate CC.



    You will also develop and storyboard your animation project in preparation for your final project in Part 3.



    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 £649.00 Senior fee £519.00 Concession £396.00
  8. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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.



    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
  9. City Lit Pro: Adobe Illustrator intensive
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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 £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £213.00
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  10. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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). 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 £599.00 Senior fee £599.00 Concession £300.00
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  11. Animation with Adobe Animate CC
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online beginners course introduces Adobe Animate CC - an accessible and powerful digital animation program. The course explores traditional methods of drawn & cut-out animation in a digital context with a focus on animating characters.



    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 £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  12. City Lit Pro: Adobe Photoshop intensive
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Oct 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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.



    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 £349.00 Senior fee £349.00 Concession £213.00
  13. Animation with Adobe After Effects: stage 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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). 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. Illustration projects 2
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 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 £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  15. Children's book illustration for beginners: Intensive
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical course. Learn techniques in developing ideas and creating exciting images in the context of the current children's book market. Please note, there will be some offsite drawing which will involve walking, standing and/or sitting for long periods. Please bring footwear for comfortable walking and you may wish to bring a portable sketchbook stool.



    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 £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00

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