Taught course

The Graphic Novel: Visual Storytelling (Online)

Royal College of Art · School of Communication
Certificate of Participation

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

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
  • applicants must be 18 years or over.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Unleash your imagination and master new methods of self-expression via visual storytelling, live online under the expert guidance of RCA tutor Professor Andrzej Klimowski.

The course is aimed at students, practitioners and enthusiasts who wish to further their skills in creating picture-driven stories that can lead to the making of original graphic novels. It offers a fresh approach to the subject and aims at releasing the imagination, opening the opportunity for self-expression. It can also help those intending to embark on MA level studies or professionals seeking to discover alternative ways to expand their working methods

How will I learn?

This course is delivered online, through live learning with self-directed work undertaken by participants between sessions. The course eight sessions run over four weeks.

What will I learn?

At the end of this course you will have gained:
  • a deeper understanding of contemporary approaches to storytelling, visual narratives and illustration in the context of graphic novels
  • insights on the potential of location, characterisation, materiality and perception in the creation of visual narratives and graphic novels
  • confidence in creating your own illustration and visual narratives
  • skills to work in a range of settings from traditional to contemporary, from print to electronic, handmade or computer-generated.

Course outcomes

  • A collection of original drawings
  • Illustration graphic novel publication (print and/or digital)

Who should attend?

Those who should attend include:

  • illustration and graphic design students
  • recent graduates who wish to improve their illustration and writing skills
  • professionals working in illustration, visual communication and/or communication design
  • prospective RCA Illustration, Visual Communication and Writing students
  • anyone seeking an opportunity to experiment without professional constraint

Programme team

Andrzej Klimowski, Emeritus Professor of Illustration

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Certificate of Participation
    part time
    1 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

RCA Short Courses