Taught course

Illustration: The Graphic Novel Summer Intensive

Royal College of Art · School of Communication
Certificate of Participation

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Entry requirements

Applicants must be 18 years or over.

It is preferable for participants to have:

  • an undergraduate degree in design or a background in illustration
  • a basic understanding of typography
  • a good level of English language.

Months of entry


Course content

Storytelling through illustration and the power of imagination

Human beings have a natural need for storytelling. We love to hear stories, read books and watch films. Some of us like to recall autobiographical incidents, reflect upon memories, gossip or simply chat. It can be difficult to create a narrative that engages with a wide audience.

This five-day short course offers illustration, graphic design and visual communication students and professionals the opportunity to develop a process of storytelling within the interdisciplinary context of graphic novels.

The course is led by Andrzej Klimowski, Emeritus Professor of Illustration.

Each participant will work on an individual project that follows two phases:

  • Liberating your creativity and triggering your imagination through engaging in an intuitive stream of consciousness approach to drawing that aims to open up new narrative possibilities.
  • Editing your drawings to design and structure the visual narrative for a story by engaging with composition, tone, colour, pacing and tempo.

The outcome will be a print and/or digital illustrated graphic novel, limited to 16 pages in maximum A4 format in black and white.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Certificate of Participation
    part time
    0.25 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

RCA Short Courses