Digital skills for artists and designers: 02

Course Dates: 10/05/21 - 21/06/21
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online
This course builds on some of the content covered in Digital skills for artists and designers: 01 or for those looking to extend their digital skills as an aspiring artist and designer who wants to ensure they can use the digital softwares that are currently used in design practises to support their personal development and growth. You will go into a more in-depth examination and exploration of the various filters and techniques within the Adobe CC systems, and show you how to get 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

Course Code: VO224

Mon, eve, 10 May - 21 Jun '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

The course provides a more in-depth look at the main useful software systems employed in the design communication industries today, primarily looking at Adobe Creative Suite, but also some Microsoft systems as well. We will cover how to use Adobe and Microsoft systems, so as to get the most out of the technical aids for you as an end-user. We will cover in detail how items can be changed in terms of using filters, colours, build-up, layers, brushes, time, animation and 3D effects. We will look at the inter-connectivity between the software systems to ensure you use them most efficiently in the various work tasks on the course.

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?

- Shape building, creating custom shapes and using tool gradients in adobe illustrator
- Examining and using the pattern mode features
- Howe to set-up and use the perspective grid feature in adobe
- Understanding layers and grouping modes in adobe CC. how do layers work and best practice
- Expanding appearance and working with the image tracing tool
- Creating masks and using this to edit artwork
- Text styles, text wrapping and options for working with text
- Exporting artwork and printing artboards.

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

- Create animated Gifs.
- Develop colour and texture treatments for use in 2D/3D visuals.
- Be confident in being able to create a visual landscape with perspective.
- Demonstrate how to develop type for logo use.
- Explain the tools and processes involved in creating layers, masks and how to edit artwork
- Work with adobe CC with confidence
- Create a 3D prototype product visual
- Export selected artwork for web/print and identify how to set-up documents for printing artboard.

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

This course can be attend as a stand-alone course for those wishing to concentrate on the above technical and digital features, or as an ideal follow-on course from Digital skills for artists and designers 01. The course is open to all levels including those not yet fully experienced in the digital landscape. You should be able to follow visual demonstrations, written instructions and engage in conversations to support progress.

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?

We offer a range of online and in-class courses and workshops across various creative subjects. For a full list or available courses 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.