Children's Book Illustration

Childrens Book Illustration
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 2 March 2019; 12 August 2019
  • Course duration: Saturdays for five weeks, or one week intensive

This course will introduce you to the world of illustrated children’s books, focusing on the picturebook (i.e. books for younger children).

The course is suitable for everyone from beginners to the more experienced wanting to build their portfolio, and writers who want to learn how to illustrate.

It's also ideal for anyone who wants to explore the writing and illustration process so that they can create unique work for family and friends.

What will you gain?

You will leave the course with an understanding of how to create stories and illustrate children’s picture books.

This is a very practical course involving drawing, writing and design.

“The tutor was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, very professional and she made the course a wonderful experience.” AF

“Excellent instruction and advice. Highly recommend it.” AG

“I enjoyed all of it. I learnt a lot and feel I have improved.” JH

“The tutor is very approachable and supportive at all stages throughout the course. It’s been a pleasure meeting her.” MV

“Brilliant – thank you!” SB

Tutor Profiles:

Tilly Matthews is a full-time illustrator based in Staffordshire.

After studying graphic design at NTU, she decided to continue her studies and specialised in illustration at MA level.

Focusing mainly on children’s illustrations throughout her final year of study, she has written three stories, one of which has been shortlisted for the Salariya Childrens Picture Book Prize 2018.

Tilly has also been shortlisted for Young Ideas Fashion Illustration competition 2018.

Since leaving University Tilly has been signed by The Bright Agency where she continues to work on children’s stories as well as a range of commercial projects.

Carol Adlam is a full-time illustrator based in the East Midlands, specialising in narrative art, graphic novels, reportage and children's book illustration.

She's a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and has been shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards (New Talent 2015 and 2016).

She's published several graphic novel projects including The New Wipers TimesSusanne's StoryMinistry of Women, and Amy in Love.

Carol is currently artist-in-residence at Nottingham Lakeside Arts where she's completing a graphic novel for the museum called Thinking Room Only.

She works with publishers, designers, museums and community groups, and delivers workshops at schools and universities.

Indicative maximum class size: 16

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • have a combination of group and one-to-one tutorials
  • learn about character development, storyboarding, visual language, structure, sequence, pagination and page design
  • define your audience
  • get advice on working as a professional illustrator.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £395.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £395.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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