Try it out: Graphic design

Course Dates: 23/10/19
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Pam Williams

This one-session taster course will help you find out which longer graphic design course is right for you. This course is ideal if you are interested in our 30 week City Lit graphic design course but need further guidance before you begin.

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



What is the course about?

With an emphasis on an 'experimental' approach to generating images and visualising ideas; this course will cover a combination of both hands-on cut and paste techniques with computer skills using the latest software. No need to have a design background just a curious mind and an interest in delving deeper into the creative world of visual communication.

What previous students liked most about their course:
“Loved the hand outs, great pace and tutor. “
“Very good introduction and excellent tutor. “
“Good use of looking at type and style. ”


What will we cover?

- creative use of typography
- visual problem solving
- scanning artwork
- an introduction to Illustrator.

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

- create visual solutions using both hands-on and digital skills.
- have an understanding of the basic design elements
- use Illustrator to create design layouts.

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

This course is for beginners.

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 handouts. Please note the 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?

It would be useful to bring an A4 or A5 hardback sketchbook and you may wish to bring a USB drive if you’d like to take your work home.

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 develop your Design skills further and start a new career in Graphic Design with VK414 City Lit graphic design course. City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.
You can download a PDF of all the Graphics and Illustration courses on offer at:, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.

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

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VK419

Wed, day, 23 Oct - 23 Oct '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £39.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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