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.
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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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Course Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis intensive, three-term course is ideal for artists and illustrators keen to explore the world of children's book illustration in depth and develop a portfolio of work. Collect reference material, generate ideas and characters, and explore image making in the context of the current children's book market.Full fee: £1,999.00Senior fee: £1,599.00Concession: £1,219.00
Course Date: Sun 28 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetBotanical 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.Full fee: £319.00Senior fee: £319.00Concession: £319.00
Course Date: Sun 4 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetWe'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.
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view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration coursesFull fee: £339.00Senior fee: £339.00Concession: £339.00
Course Date: Tue 13 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDevelop 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: £119.00Senior fee: £119.00Concession: £73.00
Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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: £169.00Senior fee: £169.00Concession: £103.00
Course Date: Wed 28 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetGeometry 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: £99.00Senior fee: £79.00Concession: £60.00
Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA 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 Build children’s illustration coursebut need further guidance before you begin.
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view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration coursesFull fee: £59.00Senior fee: £59.00Concession: £36.00
Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetAn 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.
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view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration coursesFull fee: £399.00Senior fee: £399.00Concession: £243.00
Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetAn 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.
view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration coursesFull fee: £379.00Senior fee: £303.00Concession: £231.00
Course Date: Mon 28 Jan 2019 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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: £279.00Senior fee: £223.00Concession: £170.00
Course Date: Thu 7 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA great opportunity to develop your illustration skills, your professional portfolio and your own children’s book illustration project. Invaluable for both artists and illustrators.
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view a selection of work made on our children’s book illustration courses .Full fee: £659.00Senior fee: £527.00Concession: £402.00
Course Date: Fri 15 Feb 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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.Full fee: £179.00Senior fee: £143.00Concession: £109.00
Course Date: Tue 5 Mar 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLearn 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: £219.00Senior fee: £219.00Concession: £134.00
Course Date: Sun 17 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetExplore 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: £229.00Senior fee: £229.00Concession: £229.00
Course Date: Mon 29 Apr 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis short practical course is an opportunity to try out illustration and find out which illustration courses would best suit your needs.Full fee: £59.00Senior fee: £47.00Concession: £36.00