Intermediate Children's Book Illustration

This intermediate studio course builds on skills, creative techniques, and concepts taught in the introductory Children’s Book Illustration Studio course, but with a focus on building a complete narrative in image and text. Each class focuses on excerpts from one or two works-in-progress where student work is critiqued by both instructor and peers.

Students gain insight on the children’s book industry along the way, with classes that look at aspects of both pitching and publishing, including dummies, queries, pitches, proposals, and working with agents, editors and publishers.

This course applies towards the Art and Design Studio Skills Certificate and the Graphic Design and Visual Communication Skills Certificate.

Note: This course involves the synthesis of writing and illustration in a children's book. Students should come to the first class with a book idea in storyboard form, with an image and text roughed in. Students are free to work with the storyboard they created in the introductory level or bring a new one to the workshop. 

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

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Certificate Options

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

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the skills and techniques learned in the introductory level of this course to a longer work in rough form
  • Get constructive criticism on excerpts of their work-in-progress
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the structure of a children’s book
  • Develop and refine their illustration style
  • Gain a basic understanding of pitching and publishing in the children’s market
Winter 2021
Date & Time:
1 Jun 2021 to 6 Jul 2021
  • 6 online classroom sessions every Tuesday
Instructor: Price:
$445.00 plus tax
Registration Deadline:
May 31, 2021

Course Requirements

Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Regular access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, high speed broadband internet connection, and a digital camera or smartphone is required.

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