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Illustration Online Short Course

Course description

Join this Illustration course and be introduced to the wide-ranging discipline of Illustration and gain an improved understanding of the possibilities of image-making. From book illustration and publishing to animation and motion graphics.

Through a series of projects, lectures and discussions, you will be asked to respond to a range of tasks that introduce the key skills necessary to set out in the pursuit to becoming an illustrator.

You will learn how to respond creatively to a brief and generate imaginative ideas through the process of visual problem solving. The relationship between image and text will be explored and you will begin to identify the key visual characteristics relative to your particular interests in the context of a personal style and language.

Who should attend

Those looking to develop their graphic image making skills and explore the various range of illustration pathways. Suitable for both students and working professionals interested in pursuing an illustration career.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

Course Outcomes

You will have gained a greater awareness of the role illustration plays in our daily lives. You will be able to problem solve and generate ideas imaginatively. You will have begun to develop a personal visual language and identify future directions for your illustration practice.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Course specific materials

Please source the following materials:

  • A4 sketchbook
  • A selection of graphite and coloured pencils
  • Gouache paint primary colour set
  • Black India ink
  • A set of soft brushes
  • A pencil sharpener
  • A ruler (minimum 30cms)
  • One black fineliner and marker Pen
  • A selection of pens/ mark making materials (reflective of your preferred working methods)
  • Scissors / craft knife
  • Glue stick
  • A USB memory stick
  • Magazines of choice; for collage work
  • Examples of your previous work (optional)
  • Something to store your work in e.g. A3 plastic portfolio.


Topics covered

  • Visual Problem Solving as Process
  • Interpreting a brief
  • Producing a selection of ideas and solutions
  • Visual Communication
  • Visual components to engage dialogue
  • Storytelling and Sequence
  • Constructing a story and visual sequence
  • Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Finding your voice



Using different medias and being taught how to use them opened a new field of possibilities for me. - Shirley Hottier, December 2017


Tutor is really nice and patience and boost my confidence on illustration. And she has great knowledge on illustration that could answer my question. Zhixi Wu, December 2017


The tutor was very good at encouraging and pushing you to try new things/mediums. The breadth of the course was helpful to have an overview of illustration. - Natalie Atkins, December 2017
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This Illustration course looks at the wide-ranging discipline of Illustration allowing you to gain an improved understanding of the possibilities of image-making. From book illustration and publishing to animation and motion graphics.

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