Graphic design and illustration: stage 1

Course Dates: 16/01/20 - 19/03/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Karen Harding

Are you interested in graphic design, illustration or both? Want to explore this further? For those with little or no experience and an enthusiasm for visual communication and graphic image.



What is the course about?

The course is an introduction to graphic design and illustration with strong emphasis on developing creative thinking skills and learning how to generate ideas and outcomes in response to project work that is set on the programme.
The course will also introduce you to a wide range of contemporary practitioners working in the fields of graphic design and illustration and will encourage you to visit exhibitions and events, to deepen your learning. The course will also enable you to put together a portfolio of graphic design or illustration work for interviews for further study or jobs.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“The variety of coursework and exploration of ideas. The tutor is fantastic; covered a lot of work; varied and exciting with fair and encouraging ideas/comments. Overall a really high standard.”

“Interesting projects and we were introduced to a lot of illustrators and designers work.”

“The briefs were fun and offered a range of levels of engagement.”

“Developing a designer mind set. Learning a lot of illustration techniques and skills.”

“I really appreciated the structure of the course – with info and ideas to follow up - followed by practical work which we can then develop at home.”

“Very knowledgeable teacher, helpful + positive. Thank you.”

“The atmosphere created by the teacher was amazing for developing creative skills.”


What will we cover?

There will be projects exploring typography, logo design, drawing and editorial illustration, postcard/flyer design, packaging design and design for advertising.
If your interests lie in graphic design, projects set during the last few weeks of the course can focus on this. Similarly if your interest lies in illustration, you can work on illustration projects during the latter part of the course.
You will also be introduced to a range of practical techniques and processes that are relevant to the subjects covered. These will include cut and paste, lettering, observational and experimental drawing, painting and collage.

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

- Define and analyse a design problem
- Generate and develop ideas in response to a set brief
- Use a range of art materials and processes with confidence
- Have gained practical experience in the different areas of graphic design and illustration.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“I have developed the way I look at graphic design and how I think about creating artwork of my own.” JW

“Exploring current trends and techniques used in design and image making.” CM

“I have achieved a future! I feel I have a sense of direction and I have learnt so much about the design process. Although I still struggle with perfectionism, I am able to produce work and not let it hold me back.” SE

“It has improved my skills related with design and illustration. It has also increased my self confidence to face other learning.” AA

“It helped me define the path I’m following next.” JP

“Learnt a lot about the principles of graphic design and illustration and lots of good references to pursue. Have tried a range of new techniques and starting to understand which I prefer and would like to develop.” HM


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

The course is ideal for those who are new to these areas, for those wishing to study for personal development, those wanting a change in direction or to refresh skills, or for those who want to try new ways of working.

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

There will be group discussions, individual tutorials, lectures, demonstrations and practical activities. With practical art and design courses, it’s always recommended that students develop and build on the skills they have learned in class in their own time.

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

An A4 hardback sketchbook and a pen

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

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

You can progress your skills in illustration further on VK424 Illustration for beginners or VK554 Illustration: stage 2. You can also develop and compliment your skills on a range of illustration and design courses and Adobe photoshop and Adobe illustrator courses.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

This course has now started

Course Code: VK377

Full Thu, eve, 16 Jan - 19 Mar '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £379.00
Senior fee: £379.00
Concession: £231.00

Call us to check if you can still join the course 020 7492 2700/2703 (depart num)

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