Digital skills for artists and designers

Course Dates: 27/06/22 - 25/07/22
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Digital skills for artists and designers is for aspiring artists and designers who want to ensure they can use the digital softwares that are currently used in design practises to support their personal development and growth. We will cover the core Adobe creative software programs, such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, and show you how to get the most out of digital technologies for your own individual success.
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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00

Course Code: VK551

Mon, eve, 27 Jun - 25 Jul '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Digital skills for artists and designers 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 show some Microsoft systems such as PowerPoint and Word that can be useful in building an array of promotional prototypes. 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 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.
- Using Powerpoint and InDesign to create a dynamic presentations of your work.
- Exporting files for print and web / Saving files for onscreen or print use.

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

- Identify adobe suite tools, resources and use confidently.
- 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 and for self-promotion and advertising.
- Create a visually stimulating presentation pack as a record of your 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. You will also make use of Padlet software to enable class sharing of work outcomes and developments.

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 helpful.
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 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 here: Adobe system requirements Adobe Creative Cloud for Students - system requirements

*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.

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 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 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.