City Lit graphic design course

Course Dates: 14/10/20 - 23/06/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Pam Williams

Develop the skills and techniques you need for professional graphic design practice on this fast-track beginner's course. Using a range of hands-on and digital techniques, you'll undertake traditional, typographic, conceptual and commercial graphic design projects in our fully equipped studio.

See what you could create – view a selection of work made on our graphic design courses



What is the course about?

This course will provide the opportunity to explore all the stages of professional design practice, from initial design brief through to the processes involved in reaching creative visual solutions. There will be an emphasis on researching, generating and visualising ideas and transforming these ideas into real graphic design projects.
On the course you will be encouraged to develop a creative approach to design briefs using a range of experimental techniques to explore image and text design including collage, drawing and tracing. You will learn how to use the latest professional Adobe CC design applications Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to make your ideas a reality.
The course takes you on an exploration of graphic design through a series of typographic, colour theory, layout and information design exercises applied to a wide range of industry related projects. Invaluable for gaining the necessary graphic design skills, expertise and portfolio for a starting you on your career in Design or gaining a place in higher level courses.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“Good projects, great tutors, a nice group atmosphere.”

“I have gained confidence in generating ideas and evaluating other design work.”

“Group learning, feedback from other members of the class, as well as from the tutors. The development of projects and variety of projects.”

“Learned new skills using the Adobe Creative software.”

“I have enjoyed the interaction with other students and have learnt a lot. Very good facilities.”


What will we cover?

- Typography and its application
- Layout of type and images
- The use of colour and composition
- Generating and manipulating images using experimental techniques
- Image manipulation and design using Photoshop
- Generating and designing vector graphics using Illustrator
- Page layout and design using InDesign
- Critically evaluating work and portfolio selection.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate an ability to realise graphic solutions using a range of methods and materials
- Understand the processes involved in professional graphic design
- Use Photoshop to manipulate and transform images
- Use Illustrator to generate and transform images and text
- Use InDesign to create effective page layouts and designs
- Present a bank of visual ideas in both sketchbook and portfolio (digital and traditional) forms
- Critically evaluate design work.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“I have learned to be more creative, look at things from other perspectives. I have learned Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. I have learned to be more confident using Apple Macs and to access graphic design resources.” AM

“More confidence when approaching a design project and being able to understand/fulfil a design brief.” JD

“I feel that I have grasped the basics of layout and typography and improved my skills with Adobe Creative software. I have gained confidence ingenerating ideas and evaluating other peoples’ design work.” JP


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for beginners. However it is an intensive course requiring students to demonstrate a high level of commitment throughout. You will be expected to be able to work independently in conducting research and developing projects outside the course.

You should have a basic knowledge and competence in using computers including the ability to create, save and retrieve files.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and hand outs. City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need an A4 size sketchbook for drawing/recording information, and an A4 size plastic folder with clear pockets to assemble a portfolio of work. Black ink drawing pens, 0.2 and 0.5, and a pack of coloured marker pens.

You should have a memory stick (or mac formatted portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to). You will be using some computer software on this course. We have Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) on some machines in the Student Centre at City Lit. If you wish to buy your own copy to work at home, you might be eligible for a discount from Adobe:

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

Please note this course is exempt from our refunds and transfers policy.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Prepare for the professional world of Design with VG582 Graphic design professional portfolio. City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

although the course is a very entry level (you won't go very deep on the subjects) it's great to have an idea of the field and/or start to build your portfolio in case you intend to go further... Nice tutor...
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/06/2019)
Excellent course to stimulate your creativity, use the Adobe programs and learn Graphic Design. The tutors are very approachable and contribute to creating a nice atmosphere in the classroom. Students of different levels can follow the course and improve at their own pace. It does give you a very good foundation, even to start a career change.
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Review by Anna / (Posted on 11/07/2015)
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Course Code: VK414

Wed, day, 14 Oct - 23 Jun '21

Duration: 30 sessions (over 37 weeks)

Full fee: £2,149.00
Senior fee: £1,719.00
Concession: £1,311.00

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