Now offering multiple entry points for some courses - January, May, and September.
This course is designed to help emerging illustrators raise the bar and prepare for professional practice.
Fees: £2,350 UK/International, £2,950 EU
*Reverse charge within the EU may apply. See VAT terms and conditions here.
The first live session will take place on Wednesday, March 8th at 18:00 CET. Subsequent live sessions will continue to take place on a weekly basis via Zoom on Wednesdays at 18:00 CET.
Apply for March 2023
You are a young professional who wants to work with Illustration. Maybe you have some experience as a designer, editor, writer, or photographer. We don’t require a formal art school education, but you need familiarity with the creative process and good drawing skills to be able to produce work on a weekly basis. We expect you to be able to do simple layouts and to be able to import and export digital files. Otherwise, most of the assignments can be solved with pen and paper.
Week 1. Unwrapping the brief. The course starts with a word-list exercise to generate ideas. We introduce the first spot-illustration project and set up work routines for ideation, development, and finished work.
Week 2. Find your strengths. Humour, drama, pattern, colour, and more. The second module focuses on how to best use your sharper tools. We introduce the cliche list, push the first project forward, and introduce the next one.
Week 3. Process of an illustration assignment. The third week focuses on the flow of an illustration project, from start to finish. We cover illustration techniques such as fusion, juxtaposition, and replacement. We share feedback on the final piece from Week 1 and on the drafts from Week 2.
Week 4. Personal voice in projects. We explore style vs story and help you recognize the value of voice in your work. As always, we share feedback, push forward one project and introduce the next one.
Week 5. Resources for illustrators. This session offers a rich list of competitions, websites, conferences, and podcasts to give emerging illustrators solid industry references and a professional benchmark.
Week 6. How you get paid. This module covers all the less creative – yet critical – aspects of working as an illustrator – such as budgeting, contract templates, briefs, and basic project management. As always, class ends with feedback, and a new assignment is introduced.
Week 7. Authorship in illustration. Pitching ideas is a very important skill for emerging illustrators. You’ll learn how to make your work shine and how to present it with confidence.
Week 8. Headspace. Halfway through the course, we look back at all the work and match it against our personal objectives. You’ll be offered an individual portfolio review to ensure that you are moving in the right direction.
Week 9. Where can people find you? This week covers the essential platforms for designers and illustrators from websites to social media curation and editing. A new assignment is introduced and the course gets back to its former pace with one project to refine and a new one to ideate upon.
Week 10. Inspiration. A guest speaker shares his/her work, professional experience, and the best advice to help you prepare for professional practice.
Week 11. Final presentation. It’s time to put it all together. All final work is presented before the class, each student pitches his/her work and gives and receives feedback.
Week 12. The course ends with a final round of feedback (individual if necessary) and the revision of any unfinished work, so nothing goes to waste. We look back at your initial individual goals and advise on how to prepare for professional practice based on your progress.
Projects will be based on varying themes so that students can expand their conceptual skills. The formats may also vary for each project so that students can begin to see their work in new ways. These could include humorous or serious topics, human rights/ environmental essays, lifestyle themes, and more. Illustration formats may include: spots, full page, series-based pieces, covers, GIFs, and written/ illustrated pieces.
Ravensbourne University London
6 Penrose Way
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