Illustration

From comic books to storyboards, our courses not only cover a wide range of subjects relating to illustration, but also cater to a range of levels. Our illustration courses are taught by passionate and expert teachers.

Download information on course levels and progression courses for illustration in 2018.

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab, new for autumn 2018.

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Whether you’re free evenings, daytimes or weekends, we have a variety of dates and times for you to choose from. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

Images: Yasmeen Ismail and Chris Caldwell

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  1. Children's book writing and illustration workshop

    Course Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll examine both the writing and illustration skills you need to produce a picture book. As well as learning how to develop story ideas, characters and text, you'll learn about character sketches, sample illustrations and the relationship between illustration and text.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £339.00
    Senior fee: £339.00
    Concession: £339.00

  2. Creative illustration projects

    Course Date: Tue 13 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop illustrations inspired by popular culture images from films music advertising, photography and poster art. Ideal for beginners and those looking to further develop their style or explore a new style.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  3. Making mini-comics

    Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use illustration, cartooning and collage to create innovative mini comics or fanzines. Find out how to self-publish your work and be part of the vibrant underground comic movement.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  4. Geometry and nature

    Course Date: Wed 28 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Geometry is everywhere in the world around us, from the simplest observations in nature to detailed measuring of intricate forms. Learn to draw patterns found in nature, slowly moving from simple to more complex designs.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Children's book illustration taster

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A guided introduction into the world of children’s book illustration, and an opportunity to discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. This course is ideal if you are interested in our 30 week City Lit children’s illustration coursebut need further guidance before you begin.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  6. Children's book illustration: advanced practice

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An intensive highly focused follow up course to develop design, drawing, imagination, characterisation and narrative skills. Ideal if you’re planning to prepare a portfolio for presentation to publishers or wishing to further develop your skills and imagination.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  7. Children's book illustration: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 22 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to character design, layout and story development, giving you a solid understanding of the industry. Develop your own style while exploring a variety of media and learn to research and develop ideas in response to a given brief. Basic materials provided.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

  8. Botanical illustration

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is both an art form and a means of scientific engagement. Learn about depicting form, colour and differences in plant species with precision and detail on this studio- and location-based course.

    See what you could create – view a small selection of work made on this course

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    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  9. Illustration for beginners

    Illustration for beginners

    Course Date: Mon 28 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to communicate ideas through image making. Create a portfolio of work using a variety of traditional and contemporary tools and techniques including collage, cut outs, drawing, paint, 3D objects and digital.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  10. Children's book illustration intensive

    Course Date: Thu 7 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A great opportunity to develop your illustration skills, your professional portfolio and your own children’s book illustration project. Invaluable for both artists and illustrators.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses
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    Full fee: £659.00
    Senior fee: £527.00
    Concession: £402.00

  11. Natural history illustration

    Natural history illustration

    Course Date: Fri 15 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to capture wildlife on paper, from fossils to fleeting birds and butterflies. Gain skills using a variety of different media including digital. Includes trips to the Natural History Museum.

    See what you could create – view a small selection of work made on this course

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    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  12. Drawing for comic books

    Course Date: Tue 5 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to develop the process of writing and drawing comic book pages and how to plan, create and draw comic book pages effectively. Plan a four page graphic story and complete one finished page on the course. Please note: This is not a computer based course but there will be limited access to computer equipment for tasks such as scanning and printing.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  13. Illustration for fine artists. Image: Cdemir75

    Illustration for editorial, design and advertising

    Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the world of illustration and its different areas. Experiment and develop your work through a series of projects. This course also covers an introduction to scanning and digital imaging with Photoshop.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £229.00

  14. Botanical illustration advanced: from traditional drawing to digital design

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Botanical illustration is popular in branding, advertising, textile design and book illustrations. On this advanced practical course you will develop traditional techniques in botanical illustration and then transforms these into vibrant and versatile digital designs using Adobe Illustrator. Invaluable for your professional portfolio.



    Please note: This course is suitable for those with some experience of drawing and image manipulation using a computer.

    Full fee: £519.00
    Senior fee: £415.00
    Concession: £317.00

  15. Children's book illustration: all levels

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your own style and characters while exploring a variety of media, techniques, design and layout possibilities. Learn how to research and develop ideas in response to a relevant brief. Basic materials included.

    See what you could create –
    view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses

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    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

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