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What can I expect on an illustration course?

Written by Hamish Chohan
Published date 08 September 2020

What are your creative intentions within illustration? You may be a beginner or ready to take your practice to the next level. UAL Short Courses have a number of paths you can take from Introduction to Illustration (Online Short Course) to Illustration - Drawn to Digital (Online Short Course), we’ve got you covered! Throwing back to Valentina Schuchner’s time upon the face-to-face, Exploring Illustration short course, in 2019 we spoke with Valentina to find out how the course helped her focus, improve and take her next steps upon her academic journey.

“I went to class every day with a smile on my face and afterwards I couldn’t wait for the next lesson to start. I only took a one week course but if I could have I would have stayed so much longer! It was a wonderful learning experience and I never thought I could learn so many new things in such a short time.”

Valentina Schuchner working in a classroom with her illustration work pinned to a wall behind.

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Valentina Schuchner and I am from Argentina.

What is your occupation?

I am a BA Fashion Design student studying in Buenos Aires.

What short course did you study on and why did you choose it?

I took Exploring Illustration. I signed up for the course because as an introvert, it’s easy for me to get alienated from my own nature. Illustration, and art in general, have always helped me to communicate in a different way.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed chatting with my tutor, who was very helpful in teaching me new techniques and introducing me to materials I would never have thought to learn. I also enjoyed sharing my ideas and discussing them with my classmates. Most of all I loved the dynamics of the class, they were so much fun!

Black paint on white paper lino print of a man sat in a chair holding a ball, by Valentina Schuchner.

How has this course benefited your career and personal development?

I think the experience of having visited and studied at Central Saint Martins was very beneficial. Our teacher kindly explained to us how the world of illustration works and provided us with agencies and representatives to follow up with. By attending it also allowed me to find out more about the different courses available at the University of the Arts London, and learn more about how to apply for a Master’s Degree, which I’m hoping to do.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at Central Saint Martins?

In my case I had the best experience of my life at CSM. I went to class every day with a smile on my face and afterwards I couldn’t wait for the next lesson to start. I only took a one week course but if I could have I would have stayed so much longer! It was a wonderful learning experience and I never thought I could learn so many new things in such a short time. I would totally recommend it.

What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist, in any discipline?

I believe putting your heart into your work is key, it’s what makes your work different, unique and personal. I also think you should be curious and determined, with a desire to improve and learn new things.

What 3 words best describe your short course experience at CSM?

Enjoyable, enriching and illuminating.

Valentina Schuchner in a classroom pinning her illustration work to a wall.

Whilst our face-to-face courses have been temporarily put on hold we’ve plenty of amazing online and transitioned options available for you to book onto. You can also find more inspiration in our recent Developing Your Illustration Skills at Home post.

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