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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 6 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An opportunity to further develop your design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re preparing a portfolio for presentation to publishers, planning entry to a children’s book competition or wishing to continue developing your skills and imagination.



    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
  2. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 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
  3. Graphic novels and comic book art
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the creative potential of designing and producing your own graphic novels and comic books. Learn how to script, storyboard innovative narratives and create exciting characters and compositions that are brought ot life.



    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 £115.00
  4. How to be a designer: developing personal projects
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 15 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    How to be a designer is intended for students who may have had some art and design training or who are keen to develop their own working practises further within the context of graphic design projects. It will challenge you to have agency with the design methods, to engage your interests in fresh perspectives and designed outcomes, and seek to support your own folios of work.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  5. Illustration for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An exciting opportunity to explore the world of illustration as a means of telling visual stories across a variety of illustration genres, from advertising through editorial to children’s book illustration.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  6. Creative approaches to visual research and problem solving
    Course start date:  Thu 26 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  7. Contemporary collage in graphic design
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Working with collage is a direct communication from eye to hand that generates the unexpected. 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.



    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
  8. Introduction to watercolour and mixed media
    Course start date:  Mon 30 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Watercolour has a rich tradition - this course will explore the more experimental ways of using this pleasurable medium and will present new possibilities for producing exciting new work with mixed media. Make inventive combinations of media to draw from your own found imagery, photographs and sketches.



    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. Introduction to illustrating natural history
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to capture wildlife on paper, from fossils to fleeting birds and butterflies. Gain skills in a variety of illustration techniques using different media including digital. Includes trips to the Natural History Museum.



    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 £115.00
  10. Develop your animation with Adobe After Effects
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Whether your interest is animated SFX, Motion graphics or character animation, this advanced fast paced After Effects course will move your work to a more professional level.



    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
  11. Contemporary collage projects: stage 3
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The final course in a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. THE PROJECTS ARE DESIGNED SO THAT STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE ALL THREE COURSES OVER THE YEAR OR COME IN AT ANY STAGE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER. 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.



    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
  12. Children's book illustration: preparation of portfolio and visual outcomes
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (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
  13. 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
  14. City Lit Pro: Dragonframe
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Stop Motion has always been at the heart of the animation industry. On this short practical course you will find out why Dragon Frame is the stop motion application of choice for the major animation studios and professional independent animators alike.



    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 £243.00
  15. A short introduction to model animation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 31 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Traditional model animation is more popular than ever. On this short practical course you will learn how to create and animate engaging and effective puppets and create an exciting short animated sequence for your showreel.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00

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