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Children's Book Illustration

Chidrens Book Illustration C Adlam
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 7 November 2020; 27 February 2021; 16 August 2021
  • Course duration: Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, five weeks or Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

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


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

It's 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.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

What will you gain?

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

“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 profile: Kwan Lei (Que) Chan (Saturday courses) is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer who also delivers illustration workshops.

In her spare time she hosts Nottingham’s urban sketchers group.

Her professional projects span illustration, painting, printmaking, animation, branding and digital design for national and international clients.

Tutor Profile: Carol Adlam (summer course) 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.

Further information available at www.caroladlam.co.uk

Indicative maximum class size: 16

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Find out more at: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

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.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No drawing or writing experience is required. An idea for a storybook is useful, but not essential.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No drawing or writing experience is required. An idea for a storybook is useful, but not essential.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £450

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £450

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418