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Illustration Short Course

Course description

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 of 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.

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.

Available dates

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


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


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • 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
Meet the Tutor:

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.

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