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Professional Training course

You will be introduced to a series of topics that will significantly improve your illustration skills: both artistic techniques, computer programs, and the art of communicating through illustration. 

About Illustration

  • Facts

    Title: Illustration  

    Language: English

    Credits: 30 ECTS.
    Drawing module: 15 ECTS. 
    Illustration module: 15 ECTS  

    Duration of the course: 16 weeks. Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
    Drawing module: 8 weeks. 
    Illustration module: 8 weeks. 

    Course start: Every year in February

    Course dates for Spring 2021:
    Drawing module: February 1 - March 26, 2021.
    Illustration module: April 6 - May 28, 2021.

    Fee (whole course): EU citizens: 3.650 EUR  (approx. 27.200 DKK). Non EU citizens: 6.720 EUR (approx. 50.100 DKK)
    Please write if you have questions regarding the price for students living in Denmark and get the course price covered by their job center.

    Fee (one module): EU citizens: 1.825 EUR (approx. 13.600 DKK). Non EU citizens: 3.360 EUR (approx. 25.050 DKK)

    Application deadline: November 14, 2020

    Open Education: Illustration is an Open Education program that is part of the Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling at The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW). Open Education is a wide range of educational programs in Denmark offered to adults who wish to undergo further training. It is open to anybody who has successfully passed our admission criteria.

    PLEASE NOTE: Students from outside the European Union are allowed to stay in Denmark for maximum 90 days on a tourist visa.

    COVID-19: Should it due to COVID-19 not be possible to run the course physically at campus for a longer period of time, we prepare and offer an alternative, online solution. There will be a reduced course fee in such an event.

    More information:

  • Structure and content

    You will be working with a wide range of topics related to illustration, which will help you develop your own voice as an illustrator while improving your technical and artistic skills. You will also learn about the business aspect of being a freelance illustrator.

    The two modules consist of a series of workshops focusing on a particular platform for illustration like animated tv-series, editorial illustration or book illustration. Many of the workshops include an introduction to a computer program or an analogue technique but you will also work on the design and communicational aspects of illustrating for that platform.

    The Drawing module contains some workshops more focused on artistic techniques like drawing and digital painting. In the Illustration module, the focus is in general more on art in connection with various kinds of narratives, touching upon design for animated tv-series, comics and animated illustration/motion graphics.

    The course is rounded off with a big project where you get the chance to work more in-depth with a topic of your own particular interest. Altogether, the course is a good foundation, both artistically and technically, for building up a career as an illustrator.

    What you get:

    • A broad knowledge of illustration combining craft, communication and technical skills
    • A series of workshops on themes like editorial illustration, digital painting, design for animated tv-series, motion graphics, book illustration, comics and more
    • Highly skilled instructors chosen among the best illustrators and visual artists
    • Working knowledge of relevant software
    • The opportunity to specialize in the area of your own particular interest
    • A designated class space with 24-7 access
    • Access to all extracurricular activities at The Animation Workshop; talks, a variety of sports, workshops, life drawing, etc.

    Illustration is an intensive course that will occupy most of your time. It may sometimes be necessary to work on evenings or weekends in order to finish projects. Sometimes there will also be talks or workshops outside regular teaching hours. The students of the course have their own workspace, which they can use at all times.  

    Download detailed teaching plan

    All students are required to bring a computer with Adobe Creative Suite, as well as a Wacom board, Cintiq or similar. 

    Please note that the main topic of this course is illustration. Students whose main focus is animation are welcome to participate in the course as many of the skills taught are transferable skills that may also be applied to films. However, the teachers do for the most part not have animation experience, and the approach taken will often be quite different to how it would be in animation.


  • How to apply

    Applicants must have solid drawing skills and either at least two years of study from a BA degree in the field of art and/or visual expression or have professional experience. 

    Applicants with a BA in another field may also apply if they have acquired good drawing skills in another way. 

    In order to apply for Illustration, please use the online application form. The deadline is November 14, 2020.

    It is possible to apply for the full semester or just one of the module separately. However, we strongly recommend that you attend both modules because they are planned as one course.

    You will be asked to provide a CV, documentation for your BA studies if relevant, a motivational letter, and a portfolio. Your portfolio should represent you as an artist and/or visual communicator and should include your best work. It is important that we see a good demonstration of your visual skills. We only accept digital portfolios in the form of a link. We ask that your name and contact information are easy to find.

    Requirements for your portfolio

    • Your portfolio can either be a PDF document or an online portfolio set up in Blogspot, Tumblr or similar.
    • Your name and contact information should be easy to find.
    • We will not accept portfolios using Facebook, DeviantArt galleries (DeviantArt portfolios are fine) or Flickr.
    • Consider the size of your images and other posts so that it loads easily and quickly.
    • We recommend uploading videos on Vimeo and posting images no larger than 2MB to reduce loading time.

    Submitting an application to the course is not binding. In the event of a successful application to the course, you will be asked to confirm your seat as soon as possible afterward.

  • Teachers 2020

    All workshops are taught by professional illustrators, fine artists or art teachers.

    Aljoscha Blau

    Freelance illustrator

    Aljoscha Blau has been working as a freelance illustrator creating pictures for exquisite literature both for children and grown-ups since 2007. His work has been honoured with numerous awards such as German Design Award, Bologna Ragazzi Award, Prix Figure Future, etc. Website:

    Levi Jacobs


    Levi Jacobs is a Dutch illustrator based in Rotterdam. His style is eye-catching, especially his use of colours and textures, but it's his ability to convey ideas in fresh and interesting ways which makes his work so effective, especially in an editorial sense. Even tho his scenes are usually rooted in the real world, the colours and characters lend the final work a refreshing escapist quality. Website:

    Roberto Fernández Castro

    Roberto Fernández Castro

    Freelance concept artist

    Roberto Fernández Castro is specialized in vehicle design, architecture and environment design. He has an impressive CV as he designed for Star Wars – The Last Jedi, Avengers – Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy among many others. Website:

    Stephanie Wunderlich

    Stephanie Wunderlich studied Communication Design at both FH Augsburg and ISIA Urbino and graduated with a degree in communication design. Based in Hamburg she works as a freelance illustrator for international magazines and publishers of books. She also teaches illustration, recently at the Muthesius University of Applied Science / Kiel. Website:

    Henrik Malmgren

    Henrik Malmgren

    AV Generalist, CEO and founder of Good Joob Studios

    Designer Henrik Malmgren runs GoodJobStudios, a small full service studio that creates animated films, illustration, sound and music. With a strong focus on content for educational purposes GoodJobStudios delivers to customers ranging from TED Ed to the Danish Ministry of Health. Website:

    Joana Mosi

    Joana Mosi

    Illustrator and cartoonist

    Joana Mosi is an award winning illustrator, cartoonist and educator based in Ericeira, Portugal. She studied at the Fine Arts University of Lisbon and has a Master in Cinema Project Development, from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. During the past five years Joana has collaborated with several schools and institutions and participated in several projects, cultural events etc.., worldwide to promote visual literacy, storytelling, and Drawing as forms of language and communication. Website:

    Mikkel Sommer

    Mikkel Sommer

    Illustrator and comic book artist

    Mikkel Sommer is a very versatile artist doing both childrens’ books, comics, designs for animated films and shows, as well as editorial illustration. Publishers and other employers count Nobrow, Avant, Gyldendal, Carlsen and Cartoon Network among others but he also does more independent and personal work. He grew up in Denmark but lives between Berlin and Athens. Website:

    Thomas Wellmann

    Thomas Wellmann

    Freelance cartoonist

    Thomas Wellmann is a freelance cartoonist in the field of animation from Germany. He is working for Cartoon Network on shows like Adventure Time, Clarence and Summer Camp Island, and his illustrations and comics can be found in numerous newspapers and magazines, ie. Die Zeit, Zeit LEO, Dein Spiegel, Geolino Magazine, and SZ Familie. As a lecturer in drawing and comics, Thomas Wellmann teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany. He also writes and draws his own comics that are published by Rotopol. Website:

    Jacob Birch

    Jacob Birch

    Graphic designer

    Jacob Birch is founding partner in Spine Studio, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Birch works primarily with printed matter, identity, concept development and project management for clients in arts, culture and publishing. Website:

  • Information for non-EU applicants

    Non-EU citizens can apply for a tourist visa (90 days stay) or student visa. Please note that the processing time for student visas can be up to three months. 

    If you are not a citizen of the EU, you can apply for a single module of the course.

    However, if you are already enrolled in a university you may apply for a student visa to be able to stay for the entirety of the course. Please note that applying for and receiving a students’ residence permit can easily take between two and three months.

    The process can only be initiated after we have received your payment for the tuition, as the school must declare that the course has been paid for by the applicant. After receiving the payment, we will complete the school’s part of the online application form and invite you to complete the student’s part. Please note that there is a service fee to be paid to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration before you can access the form.

    Please also note that you must hand in biometric data for your residence card no later than 14 days after submitting the completed application. Read more about the demands for the biometric data and where to register for them.

    All data, including biometrics, must be submitted at least two months before you need the permit.

    Overall description of the application process and requirements

  • Fees and finances

    It is possible to attend one module of the course but we strongly recommend that you attend both modules.

    Fee (whole course)

    EU citizens: 3.650 EUR  (approx. 27.200 DKK).

    Non-EU citizens: 6.720 EUR (approx. 50.100 DKK)

    Fee (one module)

    EU citizens: 1.825 EUR (approx. 13.600 DKK)

    Non-EU citizens: 3.360 EUR (approx. 25.050 DKK)


    All students are required to bring a computer that has the Adobe Creative Suite on it as well as a Wacom board, Cintiq or similar. While attending the Professional Training Course Illustration, you are entitled to get the regular Adobe student discount. All other materials are included in the course fee.

    Unfortunately, The Animation Workshop cannot offer any scholarships.


  • Housing

    TAW itself has no accommodation. We can provide various opportunities for housing and help create contact to housing providers - and to assist with language barriers if necessary.

    You will be offered a specific accommodation by the housing organizer shortly after you have been accepted into the course. Rooms offered are typically located in the dormitory Camp Logos, which is located right next to TAW. Please note that TAW cannot guarantee that you get the specific room type you have requested. In some cases, we have to accept what is currently available from the housing organizer. The prices range between 3-500 EUR (2200-3500 DKK) per month.

    Practical information

    All rooms in Camp Logos are furnished with a bed, bedside table, bedside lamp, room divider, desk, chair, and kitchenette. Please note that there are no kitchen utensils for the kitchenette in the room but you can buy utensils at second-hand shops in Viborg. The school will provide a duvet and pillow, so you will only need to bring bed sheets and towels. There is also a shared kitchen and common area at your disposal. If you have any questions in relation to housing during your course, please contact

    As a PRO course participant, you only have to pay a reduced deposit of 2500 DKK (instead of 10.000 DKK).

    You are also welcome to join our Facebook Housing group to team up with other students looking for roommates and new tenants for the apartments they are leaving themselves.

  • Contact

    Maria Skov Pedersen is a teacher and coordinator at The Drawing Academy and Professional Training

    Maria Skov Pedersen

    Coordinator and teacher at The Drawing Academy and Professional Training

    T: +45 87 55 49 44


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