Children's book illustration

Children's Book Illustration Courses Online & in London

Release the inner child in yourself and bring those creative and imaginative ideas to life as you delve into the magical world of children’s book illustration. Work with professional writers and illustrators in the creative field to support drawing skills, character design and how to develop a visual narrative, working towards your very own children’s picture book.

Move designs from thumbnail sketches onto the computer using the latest Adobe CC software and even learn how to draw with a Wacom tablet. Work on creative briefs, sharing ideas and collaborating with other students. Gain confidence in how to pitch ideas, what’s needed for commercial commissions and how to successfully move into the industry as a freelance children’s book illustrator. 

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

For more information about courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team at visualarts@citylit.ac.uk 

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  1. Explore children's book illustration
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    Explore the world of children’s book illustration and discover the breadth of skills you can develop to successfully compete in the industry. Find out about progression courses to support your next steps.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  2. Children's book illustration for beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Rolfe
    Start your journey into the world of Children’s book illustration. Develop characters and learn how to communicate ideas through image making processes. Start the process of laying out your ideas and narratives.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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  3. Children's book illustration: introduction to ideas and characters
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00
  4. City Lit children's book illustration projects
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis, Kate Rolfe, Dee Shulman
    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.
    Full fee £1,499.00 Senior fee £1,199.00 Concession £974.00
  5. Children's book illustration: developing personal projects
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Ellis
    Children’s book illustration: developing personal projects will support you in both the research, development and production of your own children’s book project. Develop your own style, working with a variety of media and exploring design and layout possibilities. Image - Harriet Lynas.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £207.00
  6. Children's book illustration: developing stories and narratives
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dee Shulman
    Develop your knowledge of the children's book industry and your professional children's book illustration practice. Get creative and innovative in your character design, storyboarding and layout skills, develop your portfolio and get feedback in a supportive environment.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £175.00

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