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London College of Communication
Taught by
Mike Nicholson


On this short, creative course you will learn how to draw effective storyboards for film, TV, animation, games and more. Taught through practical exercises you will learn how to draw sequential storyboards to a high standard, whilst embracing your personal inspirations. You will be taught how to 'dive in' as one of the first people employed on a production; the script needs a director and a director needs a storyboard artist.

Through discussions and exercises you will understand what separates storyboarding (turning the written word into a sequential visual guide for filming) from illustration (producing single images for print).

The course will enable you to understand the unique demands that characterise the relationship between director and storyboard artist. You will also learn about filmic language and how it affects what is required of the storyboard artist, and be introduced to the reality of such work and learn ways of dealing with the challenges it presents.

Topics Covered

  • Storyboarding process
  • Filmic language
  • Illustrative styles
  • Image making process

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Learn about the visual language of storyboarding as it reflects a script and serves the act of film-making
  • Develop a drawing approach from initial breakdown to ‘rough stage’ ideas to ‘final’ stage storyboards
  • Understand what it is to break down written text and create a fluent visual narrative, employing POV (‘point of view’) to engage the viewer and drive the overall story

Who Should Attend

Aspiring film-makers, storyboard artists, illustrators wishing to diversify, gamers wanting to understand stories better.


Intermediate. You should have some experience of drawing. 

Follow Up Courses

After you have completed this course you may be interested in Animation and Illustration Portfolio Preparation and Experimental Film and Moving Image.

Tutor Description

Mike Nicholson’s deep understanding of the unique relationship between director and storyboard artist has developed across numerous projects. He has worked closely with writer/directors to capture their vision of the scripted word in film, television and advertising, many drama genres and for varied comedy vehicles. Stories may need to be told in an intense 30 second ad or across episodes of an entire TV series, and he can explain how each requires a grasp of filmic language and the logic that storyboards deliver.


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