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 projects 3
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions in the third 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.



    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
  2. 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 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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  3. 3D animation with Cinema 4D lite
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to create 3D characters and scenes and bring them to life on this introductory course in Cinema4Dlite. This powerful and versatile 3D software comes free as part of Adobe After Effects CC.



    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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. City Lit animation: part 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    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 1 of a 3 Parts course you will learn how to use Adobe After Effects to create exciting digital cut out animations incorporating still and moving image footage, and how to create and animate both 2D and 3D puppets.



    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
  7. 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 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
  8. Mixed media and drawing projects 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    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.



    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

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