Children's Book Illustration Summer School

Continuing Professional Development (short course, distance learning)

6 days

This course will begin on Monday 27 July at 9.30am GMT and run everyday until Saturday 1 August 2020. (6 days in total including the Process and Progress Conference on 1 August).


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 Children’s Illustration M.A. the Summer School is an opportunity to get a flavour of tutorials and constructive feedback. This course will also give you the chance and confidence, with friendly tutors to guide you, to embrace learning in the digital age.

This course is open to international applicants.


Monday 27 July 2020 to Friday 31 July 2020, 9.30am every day until 4.30pm GMT. Saturday 1 August 2020 - 10.00am to 5.00pm GMT.

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?

This is an online course and you will study in your own home or space. You will need access to a computer with a built-in camera and good sound. Further information, including full technology requirements, will be sent to you once you have booked.

Fees & funding

Course fees

Early bird booking until 24 June 2020


Non-early bird until close on Wednesday 22 July 2020



Cancellations up and until 13 July will receive a 50% refund.

For any cancellation after 13 July there is no refund.

Any refunds will be issued after the Summer School finishes.

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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