Cartooning Online Art Course (D2)

Tutored by John Byrne

The Cartooning Course is a Diploma Course

Bring your cartoons to life! Whether you’re cartooning for fun or starting out on a new career, the Cartooning Diploma Course is the first step toward bringing your cartoon world to life. Caricatures, comics, satire or digital, if you’ve got a passion for cartoons, the Cartooning Diploma Course will teach you the skills you need to excel.

See your work improve as we guide you through different cartooning techniques. Learn and develop your own style with expert tuition and friendly support from hundreds of other students. Enjoy your work as you create, share, discuss and learn.

With 28 units covering everything from colour and perspective to features and expressions, you’ll learn a range of skills that can dramatically improve your work.
Course subjects include:

  • Getting started
  • Basic techniques
  • Colour and perspective
  • The art of Humour
  • Cartoon layouts
  • Children
  • Animals & birds in cartoons
  • Figure drawing
  • Heads & eyes
  • Features & expressions
  • Character identification
  • Main Joke formats
  • Strip cartoons
  • Caricatures

The course also includes advice on promoting your work and developing contacts and opportunities.

Our tutors have been helping cartoonists for over 75 years. London Art College started out as a teaching school in Fleet Street – the heart of the UK’s press. Since then our tutors have been helping students develop their cartooning skills with personalised help and advice.

So begin your journey into a brighter and more colourful cartooning future today. Click on the link below for course prices and start a Cartooning Diploma Course with London Art College.

Student Artwork by Christine Towndrow

Student Artwork by Christine Towndrow

Course Prices

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room. Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Daniel Brown

Student Artwork (detail) by Daniel Brown

Tutor Support

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique. The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork by Rosie Burch

Student Artwork by Rosie Burch

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 1 year although the college allows students up to two years to complete their studies.This course is suitable for all students No previous experience is needed with this course and basic drawing techniques are included in the programme. 

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course. 

Media: Equipment used

Subject: Areas covered

Techiques: skills developed

Pen & ink

Facial expressions
Animals & birds
Single frame cartoons
Strip cartoons
Children's cartoons
Topical cartoons
Editorial cartoons
Sport cartoons

Developing ideas
Basic Amimation
Selling your work

 Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself illustrated by tutor and artist John Byrne.

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Testimonials from students

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, learnt so much, great tutor. Great stuff! Thank you John for all your support and encouragement! I will recommend your course to other people.You are the best!”

Kate Papachristou

Dear John, I am so pleased that I found this course - it is exactly what I was looking for after I finished my studies in art therapy. I needed something that was affordable, that I could fit around my working hours, and that specifically covered the area that I want to go into. I found that there was enough structure to keep me focused but that the tutor was also brilliant at connecting with my ideas and encouraging me to develop them - which meant that the course was tailored to me rather than a syllabus. If there is anything that could be improved it would only be to include more stuff on graphic novels in the work book - which I think more people would probably have an interest in now. I look forward to continuing to study with LAC :-) Jennifer Drew

Jennifer Drew

That's amazing thank you so much. I couldn't recommend the course highly enough. I wish there was a second instalment to enrol on!! I'd be honoured if you use any of my pictures on the website. Thanks again John I'm so happy, Rosie


Dear John, I am absolutely delighted that I've got a distinction - I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found your feedback really well-given, helpful and motivating. It has given me the incentive to keep going and to get in touch with a group of creatives nearby which is a very different circle to the normal corporate bunch I work with. So thanks, and for the offer of continuing to email which you are in danger of me taking you up on. Many thanks for your support over the last few months. I'd recommend the course to anyone and you can quote me on that. Warm regards

Sara Lodge

Hi John, I just wanted to let you know that I'm currently working on a cartoon project and investing in some professional tools (e.g. books, wacom tablet, cartoon software, etc.) in order to be able to finish and send my final assignment in the highest standard possible. I'm aiming to have this finished by March next year as I'm taking my time to enjoy it and to do it properly. I feel that since starting this course, I've been able to develop my confidence, my own style. I also have identified a potential market that is suitable for this project. I was very pleased that one of my cartoons was a finalist in the 2013 student of the year contest. I'm planing to send you some material early next year in order to get some feedback from you before finalising this project and presenting it to a publication I really like. Best regards,

Ray Deek Afreen

Hey there! I just wanted to say thank you! This course was really fun and you were very encouraging and friendly throughout. Will miss this course.


Bring Your Cartoon World to Life with the Cartooning Diploma Course.

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