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Summer Study Abroad - Illustration
Camberwell College of Arts
Open to all levels

On this three‐week course, you will engage in a range of experimental research methods in order to strengthen your illustration practice. The focus will be on intuitive, image making, ways of exploring subject matter through illustration and developing content.

This course is now full.

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This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in art and design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Why choose Illustration?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster of the BA Illustration degree programme at Camberwell College of Arts
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0.

More information on English language requirements and equivalencies.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

Course details

The course aims for a high level of creative play and reflection to develop your ideas and understand research topics better.

Outcomes could include images, picture books, series of images, performance, three dimensional objects, text based work or other more idiosyncratic conclusions. With the support of your tutor you will navigate this journey in a way that is meaningful and useful to you.

In the first part of the course, you will be given a series of tasks.  We have developed these  specifically to push your thinking and making. They will act as starting points to trigger your imagination and generate a body of research from which you will produce an outcome. The tasks will include elements of drawing, experimental image making, role‐play and movement, exploration of unconventional narrative forms, 3D lo‐fi making and will include a research trip in London.

This course will be useful to you if you are interested in authorship, creating stories for picture books or comics, developing a portfolio for further study or simply looking for new methods of research, idea development and experimentation.

This course is suitable for all levels. From ambitious beginners to more established illustrators, designers and artists.


  • This course is the equivalent to 4 US style credits.
  • If you’re planning to claim credit towards your degree, be sure to check with your home institution before you apply.

Tutor information

Katherine Hearst

Katherine Hearst is an associate lecturer in film, animation and illustration. She has been teaching on the Camberwell Foundation programme since September 2020. Since September 2021, she has covered a 0.6 role as lecturer and assistant to the first year leader on the BA Illustration course at Camberwell, while continuing her teaching in Animation on the Foundation programme, and in Illustration on the Graduate Diploma programme.

Katherine is a freelance animator, illustrator and filmmaker with a background in production design. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in animation, she has worked as a freelance animator and filmmaker for clients such as the BBC, Sky Arts and Middle East Eye.

She has also directed and produced her own animated short projects which have been funded by Arts Council England, BFI, Sky Arts and the Film and Television Charity.

Prior to her work as a freelancer, she worked as an art department assistant in feature film production on films such as Skyfall and Into the Woods, where she assisted the Oscar-winning production designer, Dennis Gassner.

Her current work combines written and video journalism with illustration; over the past year, she has produced content for news sites such as the Middle East Eye and Open Democracy.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: 3 July 2023 - 20 July 2023

Cost: £2,265

Time: Mon - Thu / 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location:  Peckham Rd

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Please bring a drawing and making kit to include:

  • Large graphite stick (4B or 6B)
  • Range of graphite pencils
  • Drawing materials of choice; marker pens; coloured pens/inks
  • Range of paper and card
  • Sketch/notebook
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Camera
  • Laptop with Adobe Suite Software installed
  • Smartphone

Summer Study Abroad Award

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Award for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The award covers the tuition-fee only and depends on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Award winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad, including social media posts and takeovers, and blog writing.

Find out how to apply.

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