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Illustration for Beginners


Illustration crosses over many art-based media and subjects as it is a versatile practice that can be applied through a multitude of techniques. Illustration is intertwined with most creative industries, such as marketing, advertising, graphic design, games design and many more. Being able to illustrate a concept or an idea is regarded as a key skill. Moreover, it is a powerful artistic expertise that can unlock creative opportunities for innovative individuals – Advancing the skills of beginners who enjoy sketching and drawing as a hobby.
Attainable illustration techniques will be practised by using traditional and digital methods of drawing and design, such as illustrating literature, creating a comic strip, hand lettering, learning to use illustration software and more.
By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate that you have practised and learned illustrating ideas and concepts, at an introductory or intermediate level, making decisions on composition, layout, tonal variation and the application of creative thinking – and produced at least 4 pieces of completed illustrations.
If you have built up a significant portfolio of artwork you could apply for the part-time or full-time BA Illustration course or an Art Foundation course at Northbrook College.
What should I bring?
Please bring good quality pens, pencils and a sketchbook.


Any adult is eligible to join this course

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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