What is the course about?
An opportunity to further develop your ideas and skills as an image maker within a supportive, creative studio setting. Using broad but targeted briefs, you will learn to focus your intention; develop your research and drawing skills and build your confidence in design, composition and visual narrative. You will be exploring colour and achromatic palettes, along with effective communication methods. Above all, you will be exploring and developing your own visual language whilst building a portfolio of work in a range of media.
What will we cover?
- Communicating an idea
- Exploration of the potential of different materials
- The dynamic relationship between text and image
- Effective visual narratives
- Practicalities of professional illustration practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Research, generate and communicate ideas to creatively respond to a brief
- Explore working with a range of media, select medium appropriate to subject matter
- Explore the relationship between text and image, evaluate context
- Communicate a narrative through a single image and sequential images
- Develop a client centred print/digital portfolio.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a Stage 2 course and is aimed at those who have completed a beginners illustration course. Some drawing skills are an advantage.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be encouraged to develop some of the work outside the class. This will include will include research, idea and image development. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts, Graphics & Illustration and Photography.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course covers basic materials and equipment. It would be useful for you to have the following equipment in the firstclass: sketchbook of your choice, pens and pencils. You will be introduced to art materials, which would be useful to have for your personal work and where you could purchase them. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.) CDs/DVDs are available.
City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what would be useful to buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Develop your skills further with VK110 Children's book illustration to animation. City Lit offer a range of courses in Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to enhance your illustration practice.