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. Contemporary collage and mixed media
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Using a wide range of mixed media, examine the relevance of collage today, its routes through history and its creative potential. Practical workshops include: found object and paper collage, assemblage, image transformation, metamorphosis and text.

    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
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  2. Children's book illustration: image, text and writing workshop
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Bring your stories to life and bring text and image togther in this children's book workshop that will support you with the writing and illustration skills you need to produce a picture book. Learning how to develop story ideas, characters and text, with a specific focus on the relationship between illustration and text. Arrive with your characters and ideas in hand or learn how to develop character sketches and start the process of sample illustrations working towards a final story.

    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 £75.00
  3. Contemporary collage and mixed media: intensive
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A short experimental course to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images. Suitable 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
  4. Contemporary collage in graphic design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  5. Start contemporary collage
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Start to explore and combine a variety of collage techniques using found images, drawing, painting and paper to create unexpectedly beautiful or powerful images in this short experimental course for beginners, inspired by contemporary artists who use collage as part of their practice. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  6. Branding and visual identity in graphic design
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The world is full of designed brands, some we love, some we hate. Yet whatever our feelings, they represent some form of organisation, service or product, which as humans helps us to make sense of the complex world we live in. Create a visual brand about yourself. You will create that brand based on your aspirations and self-reflection. We will use any means to create the branding, whether physical, photographic, drawn or electronically generated via Apple and Adobe systems. What we shall strive for is a creative spark that communicates: you.

    On this course you will explore the nature of branding within graphic design and discuss the attributes to come to a better understanding of their design and their role in our lives. By looking at the ethos of brands we will see how their use is part of the bigger picture of visual commercial transactions and of marketing design communications.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  7. Experimental collage and mixed media techniques
    Course Date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Collage is an exciting, accessible and creative medium. Experiment with a rich variety of materials and found images to make vibrant work experimenting with surface, form, colour and pattern, inspired by artists who make effective use of this way of working.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  8. A short introduction to stop motion animation
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Throw yourself into the world of stop motion animation on this introductory practical course. Enjoy exploring a range of materials and techniques to produce exciting drawn, cut out and 3D animation sequences. An invaluable introduction for anyone interested in developing their animation practice.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  9. Zines and DIY publications in graphic design
    Evening
    Course 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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
  10. A short introduction to botanical illustration
    Course Date:  Thu 18 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio and location-based course.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  11. Animating gifs in Photoshop
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 16 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online



    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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 £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

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