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Illustration for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

Illustration is visual communication through image making and is all around us every day in many different forms communicating ideas, messages and stories, grabbing our attention, decorating our world and helping to explain when words are not enough.

It’s made and used in so many differing ways that it’s sometimes hard for people to know exactly what illustration is and how it is created. This course offers a hands-on introduction to the subject, giving you the opportunity to explore the different aspects of illustration and offering you a flavour of what it’s like to study it and work as an illustrator.

Who should take this course?

  • The course is specifically designed for young people with an interest in visual communication through image making.
  • Students interested in but unsure exactly what illustration is and what it entails.
  • Students thinking of applying for further studies in the area of graphics and illustration and want to understand more about illustration specifically

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Summer stays for 16 to 18 year olds

Did you know UAL accommodation is available for short course students during summer?  We offer two packages both include accommodation, breakfast, and 24 hour Student Ambassador support.

Add to your experience with a Summer Stays Social Package
Available between 18 July 2022 and ends on 12 August 2022. This package includes an events calendar put on by our Social Programme with daily activities. Find out more.

Accommodation only - available between 30 June 2022 and ends on 27 August 2022.

Short course students also receive a discounted rate when booking. Find out more and book your place.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

  • Throughout the week there will be a series of practical activities, sometimes one a day, other times two or three a day, each designed to help you explore a different aspect of illustration.
  • You will investigate the relationship between words and images in visual communication, illustrate actions, emotions and concepts whilst learning different ways of developing pictures.
  • We will explore storytelling through images, creating action sequences and more personal narratives.
  • You will have the opportunity to create images through drawing, collage and mixed media.
  • Activities will also include important elements that are part of an illustrator’s working experience such as creating images for a particular audience (children for example) or having very specific instructions such as only using two colours or it being a certain size and shape.
  • We will also look at successful illustrations and discuss what an illustrator’s life is like.


Please bring:

  • a sketchbook/pd A4 size or bigger
  • black indian ink
  • two different brush sizes (mid-sizes)
  • a glue stick (Pritt stick for example)
  • an eraser (rubber)
  • a pencil sharpener
  • a ruler

Please also bring some drawing materials that you currently have, such as pencils/coloured pencils/pens/crayons/pastels. It doesn’t matter what you have exactly just bring the things that you like working with and that you have in your pencil case (if you have one).

If your preference is to work digitally, then bring your tablet, but you will also be required to work by hand for this course so bring drawing materials too.

Meet the Tutor:

With an emphasis on visual enquiry, innovative ideas and experimentation, this teenagers' course will explore the varied world of illustration, covering a range of techniques, briefs and audiences.

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