Illustration Essentials

Illustration is an evocative form of visual communication. In this studio course, students will examine a wide range of creative approaches that give visual form to abstract concepts and ideas. Emphasis will be placed on rigourous brainstorming, matching form to content, non-literal thinking and risk-taking.

Students will be introduced to the fundamental theories and practices in the field of contemporary illustration. Students will examine posters, maps, packaging, folding toys, book covers, magazine layouts, and more.

Work will be executed in an array of media including gouache, acrylic paint, conte, colored pencil, pen and ink and watercolor. Studio work will be supported by technical demonstrations, slide presentations, and critique. Students are encouraged to bring work samples to the first class. 

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.

Working with your OCAD U Account

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to the OCAD U learning management system, called Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Login at

Contact for assistance with using your account.

Certificate Options

Many OCAD U courses can be applied towards a certificate. Explore to learn more.

Note that students seeking a certificate must register with OCAD U via the APPLY link on the page for the certificate concerned.  

Contact for questions concerning certificates available or to confirm your chosen set of courses will qualify. 

Winter 2024
Date & Time:
8 Jan 2024 to 12 Feb 2024
  • Six online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
Registration Deadline:
December 29, 2023

Course Requirements

Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Contact UNBC Continuing Studies about the supply list for your course. Regular access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, high-speed broadband internet connection, and a digital camera or smartphone and is required.


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be canceled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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