Get skills in: Typography and working with type

Course Dates: 02/03/22 - 23/03/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Unlock your creativity and kick start an experimental approach to producing your own exciting typography based design solutions. Learn some of the key fundamentals in working with type as a graphic designer. You will need to have access to Adobe software systems to be able to follow the tasks on this module, we will be using Indesign and Illustrator, as well as making type by hand.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00

Course Code: VK349

Available start dates 

Wed, eve, 02 Mar - 23 Mar '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Develop your graphic design skills and generate a series of creative solutions by responding to a series of short projects and visual exercises. Explore ideas on the page with the creative use of type as images for type brands.
This is a great opportunity to try different ways of working, you will be encouraged to take risks and embrace errors and mistakes.

What will we cover?

- Definition of type and typography
- Layout and the impact of type in design work
- Composition, balance and scale
- Creative juxtaposition using type and images.

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

- Demonstrate an awareness of composition and balance in type layout design.
- Critically evaluate personal design work in order to develop ideas further.
- Use basic tools in Illustrator and Indesign.

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

This course would benefit those who may have had previous art or design experience and wish to try out different ways of working and explore the world of typographic communication. There is no specific need to have a design background.

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

You will be taught using a range of techniques including: short lectures and film clips, practical tasks and exercises, group and individual assistance and hand-outs, and you will need some homework time to extend your own works beyond the set classes.

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

To participate on this course you will need access to the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud. As a City Lit student, you may be entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Please visit the Adobe website for full details.

You will need to create an Adobe account using your City Lit email address which includes your student number. (This is in the format You can access your City Lit email through your supplied Office 365 account. Please check the suitability of your computer system.

*Please note that your Adobe account is not accessible to City Lit and no technical support can be provided. At renewal, you will need to create another Adobe account using your personal email.

We recommend an A3 cartridge paper pad or an A3 bleedproof marker pad, plus an A4 or A5 sketchbook. Mixed media utensils: pencils, felt tip pens, water-based paints, paintbrushes, 300mm rule, eraser. You will also need a smart phone to be able to photograph and upload works onto the class Padlet and the Google Classroom. Access to a printer may be helpful - but is not a requirement.

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?

We offer a range of specialist courses and workshops within Graphic Design and Illustration. For a full list of courses on offer, please visit our 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.