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Take the opportunity to explore the vivid and varied world of illustration. Explore a variety of approaches to graphic image making and visual communication on our introductory courses. Develop characters, explore narrative and sequential imagery for books, comics and graphic novels or transform your hand drawn imagery by experimenting with digital tools.

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“The freedom to create and work on anything you want is wonderful. Discussing the options for after the course was great too as I now feel I can move on with my project and possibly go somewhere with it.” – Katie, Book Illustration, 2017

“Excellent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, very insightful industry tips. Course has been a delight” – Kate, Book Illustration, 2018

“The tutor was amazing! I felt very motivated” – Laura, Illustration, 2019

“Outstanding subject knowledge by tutor who was extremely patient, and gave individual help and advice.” – Pauline, Illustration - Drawn to Digital, 2017

“Well paced. Easy to follow. [The tutor was] fab. Really knowledgeable. Spent personal time with each of us. Attentive, always helpful and patient.” – Kimberley, Graphic Novels and Comic Book Art, 2017

“A wonderful start to building characters and understanding the world of children’s books” – Anon, Character Design, 2018

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Meet the Tutor: Augusta Akerman, Illustration tutor, Chelsea College of Arts

We caught up with Augusta Akerman, who teaches Illustration - Drawn to Digital at Chelsea College of Arts. Augusta graduated with a distinction from MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts in 2013 and now works as a freelance Illustrator and surface pattern designer.

Student Story: Erin Donohoe, Illustration

Student Story - Erin Donohoe explains how studying an Illustration short course has helped her find her artistic voice. Erin completed the Illustration short course in May 2019 and recently exhibited in our short course exhibition.

Short Course Exhibition: Illustration Exhibitors

Meet the illustrators exhibiting in the first Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts (UAL) Short Courses Exhibition.

Short Course Student's Graphic Novel Illustration
Short Course Student's Graphic Novel Illustration

Student Story: Alexander Steenhorst, Graphic Novels and Comic Book Art Short Course

We caught up with one of our Short Course students Alexander Steenhorst, an Amsterdam based Visual Storyteller. Alexander took our Graphic Novels and Comic Book Art course taught by artist Matt O'Dell here at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL).

Student Story: Rebbeca Morse, Book Illustration

Student Story - Rebbeca Morse answers questions about her Book Illustration Short Course at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL) - which she used as a springboard for a new freelance career.