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Art of Illustration

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


On this 10-week course, you'll explore the world of illustration, from brief to concept to final artwork, with the aim of developing your personal style of image making.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

Autumn term 2024

Thursday 10 October – 12 December 2024 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)

Spring term 2025

Thursday 6 February – 10 April 2025 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some of your own art materials and equipment. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • A4 or A3 sketchbook
  • Drawing pencils
  • Drawing pens
  • Coloured pencils or pens
  • Watercolours or inks
  • Watercolour brushes
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • A3 portfolio case
  • USB flash drive
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Short Courses FAQs – Evening and Weekend and Saturday Art School

If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Please read our Terms and Conditions carefully before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

About this course

On this highly practical course you’ll look at different approaches to art, design and illustration to help inform the development of your artwork and to understand illustration in the context of visual culture today.

You’ll use time-honoured tools, cutting-edge contemporary software, and develop a variety of techniques to allow you to explore new ways of image making and develop your personal style.

You’ll be encouraged to visit and record exhibitions and collect images and materials to inspire your practice. Sketchbooks will be used to help build your confidence in the process of visual problem-solving, drawing, gathering research and thinking through ideas. By the end of the course, you’ll have a bank of visual knowledge, curated to your own interests and style, that will lead to new ideas and exciting outcomes.

In your sessions you’ll have the opportunity to develop your illustration practice using the creative process, including mind-mapping, research, and development, in order to create illustrations with confidence while responding to a variety of briefs. 

  • Narrative illustration
  • Drawing with state-of-the-art Wacom Tablets
  • Illustration for picture books and publishing
  • Decorative illustration (products and packaging)
  • Visual sequencing
  • Editorial illustration
  • Using drawing, digital, and analogue painting, collage, linocut and more
  • Working to a brief
  • Using Adobe Photoshop and/or Procreate

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Possess improved artistic and illustration skills
  • Be able to create illustrations to a professional standard
  • Have developed your own style and creative voice
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Feel confident approaching illustration in a range of mediums and techniques
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Feel encouraged to learn new ways of working with industry standard software
  • Be able to tackle a brief and create interesting solutions 
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • Leave with a sketchbook of experimental and finished works in a variety of mediums
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there is no formal assessment. You’ll group share your work at the end of each session with the intention to support, inspire and encourage each other’s learning. 

As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback so you know how you're getting on.

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We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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