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. City Lit Pro: Adobe Creative Cloud intensive stage 1
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. 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
  2. Children's book illustration: Intensive
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enjoy exploring the world of children's book illustration on this intensive practical four day 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 £389.00 Senior fee £311.00 Concession £237.00
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  3. Introduction to graphic design and illustration
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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.
    Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00
  4. Design with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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) 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 £549.00 Senior fee £439.00 Concession £275.00
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  5. Design with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
    Full fee £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £200.00
  6. Contemporary collage projects 1
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course initiates a year long set of collage and mixed media projects designed to experiment with and examine the interplay between the two and three dimensions. It is possible to join the course at any three stages or complete all three stages over the year should you wish. 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.
    Full fee £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
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  7. City Lit animation: part 1
    Course 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.
    Full fee £649.00 Senior fee £519.00 Concession £396.00
  8. Graphic design projects 1
    Course Date:  Wed 6 Oct 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 this 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 complete beginners.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  9. Children's book illustration projects 1
    Course Date:  Fri 8 Oct 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.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  10. Illustration projects 1
    Course Date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Full fee £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  11. Mixed media and drawing projects 1
    Course Date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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.
    Full fee £729.00 Senior fee £583.00 Concession £445.00
  12. Design with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
    Course Date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021

    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 £399.00 Senior fee £319.00 Concession £200.00
  13. City Lit animation: part 2
    Course 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 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
    Full fee £649.00 Senior fee £519.00 Concession £396.00
  14. Children's book illustration projects 2
    Course Date:  Fri 21 Jan 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 second 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.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00
  15. Graphic design projects 2
    Course Date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    City Lit Graphic Design Part 2 provides an opportunity to pursue your enthusiasm for visual communication, developing existing design skills by taking creative risks, engage in experimental approaches to design briefs, enhance creative thinking skills and gain an insight and understanding of contemporary design practices.

    It is still possible to join the course at this stage if you have not completed Part 1, however you will need to have some prior knowledge of the basic principles used in design and prior experience using the Adobe software programmes; InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.
    Full fee £709.00 Senior fee £567.00 Concession £432.00

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