Education – Degrees, Diplomas & Certificates

Education options for powering up your skills.

Picture book illustration requires specialized skills in both art and storytelling. A range of education options are available for illustrators who want to improve their skillset. If you are interested in going to school for illustration, here are a range of higher education options to help develop your skills.

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MA programs

These U.K universities offer taught Masters degrees in illustration, with a focus on children’s illustration.

Anglia Ruskin University – Children’s Book Illustration MA

Middlesex University – Children’s Book Illustration and Graphic Novels MA

University of Central Lancashire – MA Children’s Book Illustration

Wrexham Glyndwr University – MDes Illustration, Graphic Novels & Children’s Publishing

In the US, Hollin’s offers a M.F.A in Children’s Book Writing & Illustration

Hollins university – Children’s book writing & illustrating m.f.a.

BA programs

Children’s illustration is not commonly offered as a BA program. However, some illustration programs do offer a focus on visual narrative, cartooning, sequential art and concept art.

Wrexham Glyndwr University – BA(Hons) Illustration, Graphic Novels & Children’s Publishing

SVA offering undergraduate degrees specializing in illustration and cartooning, among others

SCAD offers several degrees in Sequential Art, as well as general illustration

Certificates, diplomas

If a full master’s program is not for you, some institutions also offer postgraduate certificates, diplomas and short courses.

UC San Diego – Children’s Book Illustration certificate

George Brown College (Canada) – Children’s Book Illustration

London Art College – Illustrating Children’s Books Online Art Course

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