Illustration Essentials

Illustration is an evocative form of visual communication. Illustration Essentials is a course where students examine a wide range of creative approaches that give visual form to abstract concepts and ideas. Emphasis is placed on rigorous brainstorming, matching form to content, non-literal thinking, and risk-taking. Students are introduced to the fundamental theories and practices in the field of contemporary illustration.

Students examine posters, maps, packaging, folding toys, book covers, magazine layouts, and more. Assignments are executed in an array of media including gouache, acrylic paint, coloured pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor. 

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. 

Spring/Summer 2021
Date & Time:
20 Apr 2021 to 25 May 2021
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
$445.00 plus tax
Registration Deadline:
April 10, 2021

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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