A good Honours degree, normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Entry is subject to submission of a portfolio, and an interview Non-Academic Conditions: Art Portfolio, Interviews. Portfolio requirements Your portfolio should include a maximum of 20-30 images with some examples of preparatory/sketchbook work as well as more finished samples. If you’re an international applicant, please host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL, or email it to us as a PDF. We’ll also accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office, but please note that these will not be returned to you.
Months of entry
Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed children’s artists. Have the opportunity to show your work to publishers at book fairs and exhibitions. Get dedicated support from a team of internationally-recognised artists, who’ll help you to develop your own personal visual vocabulary and make connections with the children’s publishing industry.
At our annual London graduation exhibition you’ll show your work to leading publishing companies and literary agencies. We also organise a stand at Bologna Children's Book Fair each year, where you’ll have more opportunities to secure a publishing deal with industry reps. As a direct result, our past students have signed contracts with publishers like MacMillan, Random House, Nosy Crow, Sarbacane (Fr), Donizelli (It), Child's Play, Walker Books, Harper Collins (NY), Doubleday (NY), Penguin (NY), Faber & Faber and Hodder, with advances against royalties ranging from 2000 Euros, with an independent publisher, to $50,000 for a 3-book deal.
Our partnership with Walker Books and its American counterpart Candlewick Press will give you the chance to go on a work experience visit to their London offices. They also sponsor our annual Sebastian Walker Award for Most Promising Student.
You’ll work in dedicated illustration studios right next door to our Ruskin Gallery, with access to a fully-equipped printmaking studio.
Information for international students
Candidates for whom English is not a first language: IELTS at level 6.5 or equivalent.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Applicant Enquiries
- 01245 686868 + 44 1245 686868