City Lit children's book illustration projects

Course Dates: 14/10/22 - 31/03/23
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the exciting world of children’s book illustration, developing characters, narratives and visual solutions. The City Lit children’s book illustration course offers the opportunity for students to explore children’s book illustration in depth, working towards a portfolio of creative work and image making in the context of the current children's book market.
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Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00

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Course Code: VK501

Finished Fri, day, 14 Oct - 31 Mar '23

Duration: 20 sessions (over 25 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will help build confidence and self-awareness in developing your own style and technique while exploring a variety of media. You will learn how to research and develop ideas in response to industry related briefs.
Experiment with colour, tone and methods to use within your palette to communicate your ideas effectively. Explore sequential narrative and visual storytelling bringing character design, narrative into composition and page layout, all delivered in our fully equipped studio, with access to the latest professional Adobe CC design applications.
As part of this course, you will also be introduced to and gain an understanding of publishing terms and requirements as well as target audiences.

What will we cover?

- What is children’s book illustration – its development within contemporary design
- A variety of media: working with pencil, charcoal, pastel, coloured pencil, crayon, pen and ink, watercolour, gouache, monoprint, collage.
- Introduction to and development in working digitally with Adobe CC.
- The relationship between illustration and text
- Research strategies and idea generation – how to get a project off the ground
- Character design, narrative and story-telling, visual language.
- Layout, composition and how users engage with books
- An understanding of different target age ranges and aspects to consider when designing for.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify what children’s book illustration is with reference to different models and user groups
- Research and develop ideas in response to a given brief
- Discuss the relationship between illustration and text
- Create effective page layout and composition
- Showcase idea generation, character design and the development of artwork
- Confidently present work produced with reference to research and aims.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for any skill level from complete beginners to those with some art and design background. There is no prerequisite with regards to your perceived ability, but that you come with curiosity and willingness to explore, experiment and play with materials and processes.
Be able to discuss your thoughts, ideas as part of your evolving critical judgement and creative awareness.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be led by a course leader and established children's book illustrator, supported by a tutor team who are also all within the Industry. Content will be delivered through a combinations of creative workshops and tasks, supported by illustrated talks and lectures.

Project assignments will be set to apply your knowledge and develop you skills with group tutorials and critiques to guide your creative journey; enhance your skills in critical judgement and creative awareness; as well as monitor your progress. As part of the course, you will also receive a visit from an external Industry guest speaker and engage with an off-site trip to support your work.

The City Lit children's book Illustration course requires a level of commitment, and therefore independent study outside the studio is recommended and encouraged. You will also have access to Google classroom as our designated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will be access hand-outs, briefs and collaborate with peers outside of course hours.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

This course is supported by our partner London Graphic Centre, and upon starting the City Lit children's book Illustration projects course, students will receive a 'starter kit'. Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course, but students are advised to have their own sketchbook for drawing, experimentation and recording ideas (A4 / A3 size). Other materials and equipment required as part of the course will be discussed during the Induction.

Need art supplies? As a City Lit student, our partners London Graphic Centre offer 15% student discount, from pencils to printing services. To get LGC student discount, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

For those interested in continuing to build skills and develop a final portfolio of work to support their next steps, we encourage you to look at our portfolio and progression courses.

We also offer a range of courses in both developing a personal project within children's book Illustration, or why not consider our Advanced project course.

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Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.