This course is designed for undergraduate students who wish to be introduced to illustration practice and create an ambitious personal illustration project through an intensive three week programme.
Initially students will be taken through a series of illustration briefs which explore the planning and development stages of illustration as well as the context in research and preparation to help define and shape the development of their own illustration project.
Students will adapt a written a story or series of poems to develop these into an involved illustration project or a non-narrative series of images and ideas which can be visualized further into a series or a book and discuss and test out ideas using a range of traditional and non-traditional techniques, methods and concepts. Students will work to resolve their completed illustration project and present it digitally along with their support material and a reflective short essay.
Course tutor: Kasia Matyjaszek (http://www.kasiamatyjaszek.com/)
I worked as an architect before but one day I realised that drawing buildings is much more fun than designing them. And then I also realised that it is actually animals that I like drawing the most. Since the animal characters I draw are rather cute and funny I decided to focus on illustrations and picture books for children.
I graduated with a Masters degree in illustration from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. A picture book I created for my final degree show was highly commended in the Macmillan Book Prize. Since then I have been working on various illustration and picture book projects and also exhibiting my work in several galleries in Scotland.
The children’s book projects include Black Beauty I illustrated for Ladybird Books. In 2013 I took part in the Picture Hooks scheme and together with other finalists exhibited my work in The Scottish National Gallery.
Apart from illustrating I also work leading creative workshops for children. Whether it is making jellyfish out of recycled plastic bottles, a forest of giant cardboard trees or creating puppets for our own theatre show, it is always lots of fun. I also work as a tutor at Edinburgh College of Art and teach illustration to evening class students.
Week 1 (intensively taught)
Students will develop and challenge their visual interpretation of themes and texts through drawing and mixed media to explore narrative illustration and, based on literary sources, investigate how to tell a story through images. Initially students will be taken through a series of illustration briefs which explore the planning and development stages of illustration as well as the context in research and preparation to help define and shape the development of their own illustration project.
Week 2 (under tutorial supervision)
Students will adapt a written a story or series of poems to develop these into an involved illustration project or a non-narrative series of images and ideas which can be visualized further into a series or a book. This course will provide the support for students to discuss and test out ideas using a range of traditional and non-traditional techniques, methods and concepts.
Week 3 (self-directed)
Students will work to resolve their completed illustration project and present it along with their support material and a reflective short essay.
The course will be assessed by the submission of a portfolio of visual design works and supporting materials appropriate to illustration. This will include a selection of resolved illustration works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness through a completed sketchbook and/or visual journal. The work must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study beyond the class hours.
The combined submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
The fees for this course have been laid out fully on our course fees page.
As course fees and accommodation costs are payable separately, it will not be possible to reduce the tuition fee cost for those students who opt to arrange their own accommodation off-campus.
£575 per week
You have a choice of accommodation options for varying prices, dependent on your preferences:
- Standard Single, DB&B: £294.00 per week
- En-suite Single, DB&B: £469.00 per week
- Self-Catered, Shared: £168.00 per week
To enhance your experience at the University of Edinburgh Summer School, a variety of social and cultural activities will be organized to allow you to explore and discover the history, traditions and beauty of Scotland whilst meeting people from across the world. Each student can participate in the social and cultural activities which are included in the course fee. A free gym membership is included as well as a variety of fun and interesting things to do and see in Edinburgh. Additionally, students can book on to day and weekend tours to explore the rest and best of Scotland (at a discounted rate for Summer School students).
Please note you will also need to pay for any essential books on the reading lists provided and any entrance fees for exhibits and other related fees on study visits.
Scholarship - Scottish Summer Endeavour
Scholarship application opens on 1st December
Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarships are offered to students from all countries who can display evidence of outstanding academic merit.
The scholarship equates to a partial tuition fee waiver for any course listed on www.summerschool.ed.ac.uk.
The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. A minimum of 3.3 GPA or equivalent is required and evidence of this must be provided along with your application.
In order to apply, you should be a full-time university/college student who can demonstrate that you meet the academic and language requirements of your preferred course.
1. Choose the course you are interested in.
2. Go to your preferred programme page and select ‘click here to apply now’, located towards the top right of your screen. This will enable you to request an application form and further guidance regarding the application process.
2. Fill out the application form and attach the documents required in order to support your application. This will include the following:
- one letter of recommendation provided by your academic referee (no longer than 500 words)
- (interim) degree transcripts
- Evidence of an internationally recognised English language qualification (if appropriate).
4. Send back the application form stating in your email that you would like to apply for the Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarship.
5. Remember to enclose any other documents that will support your application.
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