Children's Book Illustration Summer School

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Cambridge

Deadline for applications to the Illustrating for Picturebooks - Advanced Group: 28 May 2021


Overview

Join our Writing, Illustrating and Designing for Picturebooks Summer School and learn from the world-leading MA Children’s Book Illustration team and international experts.

Full description

Who should attend?

Do you have a passion for picturebooks? Are you looking for a change in career? Would you love to create your very own picturebook in just one week? Need expert advice to polish an existing dummy book? Perhaps you are an established illustrator but want to enhance your writing skills? If so, this the course for you.

Packed with one-to-one tutorials, lectures and knowledge from industry professionals on what you will need to get started, to move forwards with your own work or change direction. You’ll get to explore picturebook making in a supportive, open and friendly studio environment.

If you are considering studying on the Cambridge School of Art MA Children's Book Illustration, this Summer School is the perfect taster to experience the collaborative, creative experience the course offers.

Illustration for Picturebooks Summer School (Advanced Group)

The advanced group is right for you if:

  • you have an existing illustration portfolio but want to focus on the children’s market
  • you’re creatively stuck and getting the same feedback from publishers and agents and don’t know what to do
  • you have an existing project that has stalled
  • you’re bored or dissatisfied with your work and want a creative reboot
  • you want to hear what industry specialists think about your work
  • you just want five days to focus on your creative practice and make some new children’s book art

Dates

  • Three-day Writing for Picturebooks Summer School: 23-25 July 2021
  • Five-day Illustrating for Picturebooks Summer School: 26-30 July 2021
  • Two-day Designing for Picturebooks Summer School: 31 July-1 August 2021
  • Ten-day Writing, Illustrating and Designing for Picturebooks Summer School: 23 July-1 August 2021

Accommodation

Please make your own arrangements regarding accommodation. There are a number of options located near ARU to suit a range of budgets. The Travelodge on Newmarket Road, Cambridge, is a five- to ten-minute walk from our campus. Our campus address is East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

At Cambridge School of Art, we combine the traditions of our past with the possibilities afforded by the latest technologies.

Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking to empower the makers and creators of the future.

Our academics excel at both practice and theory, making a real impact in their chosen fields, whether they are curating exhibitions, designing book covers or photographing communities in Africa. They are also regularly published in catalogues, books, journals and conference papers, their research classed as being of ‘international standing’, with some elements ‘world-leading’, in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Where can I study?

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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For 2021 we are intending to provide face-to-face delivery of the course only, though this may be subject to change depending on Coronavirus regulations.

Fees & funding

Three-day Writing for Picturebooks Summer School: £360 / £324 with student discount

Five-day Illustrating for Picturebooks Summer School (Main Group): £600 / £540 with student discount

Five-day Illustrating for Picturebooks Summer School (Advanced Group): £650 / £585 with student discount

Two-day Designing for Picturebooks Summer School: £240 / £216 with student discount

Ten-day Writing, Illustrating (Main Group) and Designing for Picturebooks Summer School: £1,100 / £990 with student discount

Ten-day Writing, Illustrating (Advanced Group) and Designing for Picturebooks Summer School: £1,150 / £1,035 with student discount

Contact details

For enquiries about the Summer School or conference, please email sarah.jones@aru.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

You will need to be over 18 years and have an interest in children’s illustration and a passion for picturebooks.

Five-day Illustrating for Picturebooks Summer School (Advanced Group)

As this track is limited to ten participants, applicants will need to the email the following to picturebooksummerschool@gmail.com:

  • your name and a photo
  • a low res/compressed PDF portfolio (max of 15 slides) and/or dummy book
  • a statement of covering what you would like to focus on during the summer school and your children’s book experience to date

Deadline: Noon on Friday 28 May

Successful applicants will be notified by email on Monday 31 May.

Those not accepted onto this track will be invited to join the Main Group.

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