Digital skills for artists and designers: 01

Course Dates: 10/05/21 - 21/06/21
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
Our digital skills short courses are idea for aspiring artists and designers in all subject areas who want to ensure they have the core knowledge and skillset in the digital softwares that are currently used in design practises to support their personal development and growth. You will look at specific features, functions and techniques using core Adobe creative software programs, such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Ideal to support you in getting the most out of digital technologies for your own individual success.
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.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00

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Course Code: VO223

Finished Mon, day, 10 May - 21 Jun '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Digital skills for artists and designers 01 provides an introduction into the main useful software systems employed in the design communication industries and supports you in being competent and confident in working with digital software. The course will introduce you to the Adobe Creative Suite, but also some Microsoft systems such as PowerPoint and Word as well. Through a series of live practical demonstrations, tasks and step-by-step guides, you will learn how to save items in different formats appropriate to the end use requirements, how items can be changed in terms of backgrounds, how to make fresh environments for visual items to be seen, how to adapt textures and colours, use typography and manipulate views of subjects. This is ideal for any creative field and for those who want to be build the portfolio and competency of working with digital software for a range of activities.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Understanding design and layout
- The difference between bitmap, vector graphics and other working file types
- Setting up and working with multi-page InDesign documents and files
- Exploring adobe illustrator and Photoshop workspace, tools, palettes
- Using InDesign to import / layout visual items and working with text and image
- Exporting files for print and web / Saving files of onscreen or print output.

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

- Identify adobe suite tools, resources and use confidently
- Design an environment for display of a 3D product.
- Test colour iterations of an object to dramatic effects.
- Be confident in being able to create an adobe InDesign document and explain file types and set-up
- Demonstrate how to input, manipulate and output files for creative use
- Create a visually stimulating presentation pack as record of own learning.

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

The course is open to all levels, from complete beginners and those not yet fully experienced in the digital landscape to those that wish to develop specific digital skills linked to the content. All students should be able to follow visual, verbal and written instructions.

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

This is a practical live online course and all tasks will be explained by the tutor to the group, supported by visuals and hand-outs so you can understand the intention of the learning and what you should gain from it. Individual assistance will be provided as needed to ensure you fully understand and can complete the tasks and operations set. Additional work may be set and this will be advised as and when by the tutor. This may be preparation for the next class, or as a means of extending or finishing tasks begun in class. Students will have access to a google classroom where important information and resources will be accessible.

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

Students will ideally need an A4 sketchbook/notebook for recording session information and making rough sketches. If you have colour pencils or pens for building in colour into your drawings this would be an advantage but is not essential. Students will also require access to a smart phone or digital camera to enable them to document, record the development of their work and upload via a course Padlet board site. Padlet will be introduced to you by the tutor as part of the course induction.

To fully participate you will need to have access to Adobe CC. If you do not have the Software City Lit can provide you with a temporary license that will last for the duration of your course. If you require more information please contact us on
Please visit this link to check the software and hardware requirements for installing Adobe CC software:

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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

If you wish to continue developing and building your digital design skills then why not look at Digital skills for artists and designers 02. Alternatively you may wish to progress into a specific area of design including graphic design, illustrations, textile design or printmaking for a full list of all available courses please visit out website.

Andrew McCarten

Andy McCarten is a graphic design consultant and lecturer with over thirty years of commercial and academic experience in creating and leading national and international design projects for clients in TV, retail, manufacturing, finance and banking, across Europe and beyond. Andrew has worked with commercial clients including KLM, London Underground, Narvesen, TV2 Norway, BBC, BAA Heathrow, American Express. Having overseen the production of many print and electronic communications, in the commercial arena and within education, including a previous post at Ravensbourne University College for the art and design foundation course. The foundation course has creative idea generating and making at the core of the education process. He is currently developing courses with CityLit for the Advanced Visual Communications area. 'My motivation is to ensure my students get to fully realise their abilities and talents, to succeed in life.' Andrew is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and member of the Typographic Circle.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.