Children's Book Illustration Summer School

Continuing Professional Development (short course, distance learning)

2021 dates will be announced shortly.


Discover what makes an effective picture book for children and practice making your own, with our six-day summer school at Cambridge School of Art.

Full description

Who should attend?

Do you have an interest in children's illustration, with a passion for children's books? Would you love to create your very own picture book in just one week? 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 move forwards with your own work. Also, if you are considering studying on the Cambridge School of Art MA Children's Book Illustration, this Summer School is an opportunity to get a flavour of tutorials and constructive feedback. It will also give you the opportunity and confidence, with friendly tutors to guide you, to embrace learning in the digital age.

This course is open to international applicants.


2021 dates to be announced shortly

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?

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

Contact details

For enquiries about the Summer School or conference, please email

Entry requirements

You will need to be over 18 years and have an interest in children’s illustration and a passion for books. You will need access to a computer with a built in camera and good sound.

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