Illustration Courses in London

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.

Many of our digital and design students can now take advantage of our state-of-the-art Digital and Design Lab.

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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.

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  1. Children's book writing and illustration workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020
    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: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £299.00

  2. Children's book illustration: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your knowledge of the children's book illustration industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your professional portfolio and get critical feedback in a supportive environment.
    Full fee: £379.00
    Senior fee: £303.00
    Concession: £231.00

  3. Children's book illustration: beginners

    Children's book illustration: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 21 Jan 2020 (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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Children's book illustration intensive

    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020 (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: £679.00
    Senior fee: £679.00
    Concession: £414.00

  5. Start illustration: from pencil to pixel

    Course Date: Thu 20 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An experimental course challenging illustrators to work with a variety of ideas and materials. Create traditional works and transform them into exciting new forms using digital media. Suitable if you have some knowledge of drawing and basic computer skills.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Drawing for comic books

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020
    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: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Illustrate your pet

    Course Date: Tue 3 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Illustrating your pet is a great way to develop illustration skills, produce an image all the family will enjoy and enable you to attract commissions from friends. Have fun exploring techniques and materials to create engaging pet portraits.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Illustration for fine artists. Image: Cdemir75

    Illustration for editorial, design and advertising

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020 (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

  9. Painting and drawing with a Wacom pad in Photoshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using a Wacom tablet and stylus allows you to paint and draw more naturally than with a mouse. Learn how to use the tablet and the exciting range of brushes available in Adobe Photoshop CC to create and combine digital pencil drawings and paintings. This course is suitable for students with some Photoshop experience.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Illustration: stage 2

    Course Date: Mon 20 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your illustration professional portfolio and build your confidence in responding creatively and effectively to illustration briefs using a wide range of media. This course helps you to improve your research techniques and confidence in being innovative in your approach.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  11. Try it out: Illustration

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover what it means to be an illustrator, and the world of opportunities this offers you. This practical short course is a guided introduction to the world of illustration, and ideal if you are thinking about either starting Illustration or developing your practice.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Children's book illustration: all levels

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £170.00

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

    Course Date: Fri 24 Apr 2020
    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: £549.00
    Senior fee: £439.00
    Concession: £335.00

  14. Adobe Photoshop professional retouching

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use some of the tools and processes used by professionals to enhance your pictures, remove unwanted elements and improve the professional quality of your images.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Create a children's picture book

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever thought about writing and/or illustrating your own children’s picture book? Not sure where to start? Here’s the opportunity to get hands-on professional input, whilst exploring your ideas. All levels welcome.

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

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    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

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