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Student Artwork by Eva Chen

Course Prices

Inside UK


Outside UK


Instalments UK & International

£375.00 in 4 instalments at £93.75 each

International students will not be supplied with a paper copy

Illustration Online Art Course

Tutored by Steven Hersey

The Illustration Art Course is a Diploma Course.  

Discover a whole new world of artistic expression with the Illustration Art Diploma Course from London Art College.

This written course, taught by professional illustrator Steven Hersey, is for anyone interested in visualising words in a multitude of forms from poetry to magazine articles to children's stories and a whole lot more.

Throughout this course you will learn how to transform words and concepts to pictures using a methodology which can be applied to any genre of illustration. Through practical, creative assignments you will illustrate songs, poems, magazine articles, try your hand at graphic design, illustrating a children's story and draw your own graphic novel and comic strip.

You can study at your own pace, bring your own style and grow your illustration confidence with Steven alongside you every step of the way. Some previous art experience is desirable although the course will begin with a recap on basic skills and techniques.

The course is suitable for everyone who wants to improve their abilities to draw and paint their stories, articles or concepts or those of others. The tutoring will be scaled to your abilities and aspirations. Come and learn how to transform words into pictures for the very first time, bring a project with you which needs a boost or take those first steps towards a possible career as an illustrator in your chosen field. All abilities, ambitions and mediums welcomed.

By the end of the course you will have a built a diverse illustration portfolio across multiple genres, enjoyed yourself and increased your confidence.

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 area 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 (Detail) Eleanor Patrick - Blue

All our courses are written to be your comprehensive guide into each of their subject matters. We understand that students appreciate clarification about various aspects of their work from a course tutor, whom provide reassurance that techniques are put into practice effectively. 

Each courses has its 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. Students are 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 (Detail) Pam Zwickert
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Any materials can be used
    including digital (excluding
    sculptures, installations & 
  • Basic draughtsmanship
    The illustration approach
    Illustrating poems and songs
  • Editorial illustration
  • Graphic design
  • Comic books
  • Comic strips
  • Illustrating for children
  • Composition
  • Textures
  • Colour mixing
  • Developing ideas

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Below are a few images from the course itself.

I have just completed Steven Hersey’s illustration course. I would like to give feedback on a wonderful course with Steven Hersey as an excellent teacher. He always gave me very encouraging, detailed and thorough feedback. I was amazed at how quickly he returned my assignments and all his hard work. I would thoroughly recommend this course. Steven has also given much motivation and encouragement to take my art further.

S Nakar

I loved the folder and the paper course, everything explained so clearly, possible to scribble on or remove the relevant sheet temporarily... the format was so practical and attractive, very enjoyable. In fact I enjoyed the whole course very much, and found Mr Hersey's feedback tremendously valuable, interesting and constructive. Thank you!

B Budgell

The course was excellent and the feedback I received was first rate. I would highly recommend this course to anyone and look forward to the next one I take.

J Rodger

I am sad that it is finished. The progress is bigger with a tutor.

Z Dursun

I am very satisfied with the course and I am grateful for the excellent feedback from the tutor which are always a pleasure to read and a good way for me to know where I can improve.

U Greedharry