Drawing and Illustration

How do words and pictures work together? Can pictures tell stories without any words at all? On this course students will draw using observation, imagination and memory, experiment in and out of the studio, and find ways in which to make words visual and drawn lines tell all kinds of stories. We will look at different approaches to illustration, from collaborations with poets to the artists’ book and children’s book illustration. A session at the V&A will give students the opportunity to explore examples of composition and design in Asian art within the Prints and Drawings room and in the museum’s main collection; from Kuniyoshi ukiyo-e prints to the Royal paintings of Jodhpur. We’ll explore the tensions and harmonies between text and image – that can help us turn flat pieces of paper into lively conversations, rich worlds of thought, enchanted reveries!

Full-time BA students studying for a degree in Fine Art receive up to a 75% discount. Those studying on design or applied arts degrees may also be eligible on a case-by-case basis. Student ID and proof of enrollment must be submitted.

Full-time practising fine artists under 40 years of age in need of financial help may apply for a 75% discount on a maximum of two courses; applicants must submit a portfolio of ten drawings and fill in an application form which can be downloaded from the website. These must be submitted before term starts on the 3 and 4 April only. Please contact the office in advance of submitting your application to reserve a place on your chosen course. 

Primary and secondary school teachers who teach art receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof in the form of a letter from their head teacher or the head of the art department.

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently on the job seekers register.

Postgraduate alumni of the Royal Drawing School receive a 50% discount. 

Individuals who receive disability support are eligible for a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently receiving this allowance.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.