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Art and Design: Illustration - Level 1

Course Description

If you have a deep passion for art and love drawing, an illustrator may be the perfect future job for you. On this practical Level 1 course, you will learn the basics, how to work to a brief and communicate ideas and stories through the use of images using drawing, painting and digital techniques and tools. Includes written work and developing and submitting digital portfolios.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This is an introductory qualification, but previous experience and an interest in drawing & painting is required, To be accepted onto the course, you will need an interview with a small portfolio or sketchbooks. Be prepared to do at least 3-5 hours of homework a week, which includes visiting galleries and exhibitions, completing worksheets, writing up notes, filling and organising notes, sketchbooks and doing research. During the course, you will have deadlines to hand in assignments, and you will be required to complete a folder portfolio of work for the qualification. As there are written elements to the course, you will need to have evidence of a minimum of Level 1 English and Maths.

Course Content

The course is taught through range of practical projects and assignments. You will begin by exploring basic drawing and painting materials and processes in relation to colour. You will then progress to the completion of a directed project using these processes. You will produce an individual outcome through guided research, ideas, development, media experimentation and evaluation and be supported by experienced art and design staff to begin a visual arts practice. The course includes study skills and can be used as the first steps towards developing a portfolio for further arts study. This course covers the following units: study skills, art project, colour theory.

Teaching and Learning Methods

All sessions will begin with a full introduction. Teaching will then take place on a one-to-one basis throughout. Learning will take place on each students own terms at his/her own pace. Interest in each others work will be encouraged by means of a group discussion and critique at the end of each session. Assessment is on the completion of a work book of questions and tasks. Resources used within each lesson are available for students online. To do well on this course, you will need to do some work at home. You are also strongly advised to develop your sketchbooks in your own time and visit exhibitions.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor, and in written form at the end of the course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work, you could consider applying to the accreditted courses including L1, L2 Fashion or Illustration, or L3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as a pathway into higher education. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is available for this course and is subject to an interview with a member of our support staff. ALS may include one or more of the following: support in classes, out of class in small groups, workshops or 1:1 with a specialist tutor. Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and access support can be made available through our Disability Officer. Please let us know as soon as possible about your learning needs and/or disabilities so we can arrange support at the earliest opportunity. Tutors are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet learners’ needs. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
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Tel: 020 7255 4700
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Tel: 020 7241 8572