Children's Book Illustration Summer School

Continuing Professional Development (short course)


6 days

Our 2018 Summer School is now sold out


Discover what makes an effective picture book for children and practice making your own, with our six-day summer school in Cambridge.

Full description

Who should attend?

If you're interested in exploring the art of children's book illustration in more depth, and have some previous drawing experience, this course will be of interest to you.


23-28 July 2018.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.

Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.

We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.

Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.

We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees


Accommodation costs (optional) for 7 nights


Funding/discounts/concessions not available for this course

£100 non-refundable for cancellations

Contact details

For general enquiries about the Summer School, please email

For particular enquiries about course content, please email

Entry requirements

You'll require some previous drawing experience.

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