Science Fiction & Fantasy Certificate Course (C13)

Tutored by John Byrne

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Course is a Certificate Course

Visit fantastical realms and learn how to build, paint and sketch your own with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Certificate Course from London Art College.

A unique blend of history, technique and imagination, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Certificate Course takes you on a journey into the fantastic. Combining a beautifully illustrated exploration of fantasy and science fiction in art with a comprehensive tutorial on creating your own, there really is nothing quite like it.

Course subjects include:

  • Anatomy
  • Narrative
  • Airbrushes
  • Composition
  • Perspective
  • Panel layout
  • Colour Theory
  • Different styles
  • Creating Worlds
  • Imaginative Creatures
  • Black & white comic strips

From medieval monsters and pre-Raphaelite myths to modern-day comic-books and science fiction movie art, the history of science fiction and fantasy in art is as diverse as it is fascinating. Learn about the people behind the artwork and marvel at the amazing work that they created. Find inspiration for your own artwork in the fantastic worlds of the past.

Explore your own creativity with a comprehensive set of teachings that cover everything from creature creation to genre choices, fantasy landscapes and comic creation. Your tutor will provide personalised support whether you are working in traditional media such as pen and ink or paint or in digital media and help you market as well as create your work.

If you want to know more or you’d like to sign up for this fascinating trip into the fantasy world, click the link below.

Student Artwork by Ingrid Rugel

Student Artwork (detail) by Ingrid Rugel

Course Prices

Please visit our 'Prices and Buy Now' page to view the course prices and to purchase your course. UK residents can purchase courses on this page via instalments, please scroll down to the relevant section to pay a deposit.


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 Peter Shorney

Student Artwork (detail) by Peter Shorney

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 (detail) by Astrid Neilsch

Student Artwork (detail) by Astrid Neilsch

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 6 months although the college allows students up to one year to complete their studies. This course is suitable for students with previous experience in drawing and painting.

Course Content

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

Media: Equiment used

Subject: Areas covered

Techniques: Skills developed

Technical drawing pen

Black & white comic strips
Imaginative creatures
Creating worlds

Panel layout
Colour theory
Different styles

Samples pages from this course

Click the download icon below to view a pdf sample course page which will open in a new tab. Alternatively right click and save the file. Please be patient for it to load.


Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself.

Course ArtworkCourse ArtworkCourse Artwork

Testimonials from students

Hi John, I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your guidance and help and for awarding me with a distinction! Very pleased indeed! All the best and kind regards, please feel free to stay in touch if you would like to.


Dear John, I just wanted to express my deepest thanks to you for your very kind and helpful critique of the work I recently sent you and also for the fantastic certificate you posted to me. It's always really encouraging to get positive feedback and your comments were very much appreciated. Best wishes.


Although I hold a Fine Art Degree, I found your course very useful as it covered my particular interest in Illustration in a way that the degree course didn't.

Steve Raymond

Explore your own Creativity with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Certificate Course.

Purchase Your Science Fiction and Fantasy Online Art Course

If you would like to purchase your Science Fiction and Fantasy Online Art Course, you can buy it online and get started today!

Purchase Your Science Fiction and Fantasy Online Art Course