Illustration

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

Type and duration

Professional Training Course, 16 weeks

Study start

Drawing module: 6th of February, Illustration module: 11th of April

Course fee

EU citizens: DKK 28,800 (EUR 3,870), Non-EU citizens: DKK 51,000 (EUR 6,860)

Application deadline

5th of December

ECTS

30

What you will learn

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 workshops more focused on artistic techniques like drawing and digital painting, but you will also get the chance to work with visual development and book illustration. In the Illustration module, the focus is in general more on using illustration in different contexts like magazines and explainer films, and there is also a two weeks long comic workshop, introducing you to the language of comics and its potential.

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 specialise 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.  

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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.

Lecturers

Joana Mosi
  • Joana Mosi

  • Illustrator and Cartoonist
    • An award winning illustrator, cartoonist and educator
    • Has collaborated with schools to promote storytelling and drawing as forms of language and communication.
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Henrik Malmgren
  • Henrik Malmgren

  • AV Generalist, CEO and founder of Good Joob Studios
    • The Guest (2010)
    • Elu Herman H. Rottiga (2015)
    • Out of a Forest (2010)
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  • Aljoscha Blau

  • Freelance Illustrator
    • Creates pictures for literature
    • German Design Award
    • Bologna Ragazzi Award
    • Prix Figure Future
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  • Levi Jacobs

  • Illustrator
    • Grand Prix Dutch Animation Film Festival 2015 and iF Communication Design Award 2015
    • Netflix
    • New York Times
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Roberto Fernández Castro
  • Roberto Fernández Castro

  • Freelance Concept Artist
    • Specialised in vehicle design, architecture and environment design
    • Designed for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    • Avengers: Infinity War
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  • Stephanie Wunderlich

  • Freelance illustrator
    • Graduated with a degree in communication design
    • Works for international magazines and publishers of books.
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Thomas Wellmann
  • Thomas Wellmann

  • Freelance cartoonist
    • Working for Cartoon Network
    • Pimo & Rex
    • Storyboard artist on Adventure Time
    • His illustrations and comics can be found in Die Zeit, Zeit LEO etc.
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Jacob Birch
  • Jacob Birch

  • Graphic designer
    • Founding partner in Spine Studio, based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
    • Works for clients in arts, culture and publishing
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Klara Graah
  • Klara Graah

  • Illustrator and graphic designer
    • Works at the graphic design Spine Studio and as a freelance illustrator
    • Aims to challenge the dominant aesthetics of contemporary graphic design
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Ready to apply?

Who can 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.

How to apply?

Please apply through the links below. You will be asked to provide a CV, documentation of 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 – min. 10 pieces. It is important that we see a good demonstration of your visual skills. We only accept digital portfolios, either PDF documents or online portfolios.
Apply for module 1, Drawing
Apply for module 2, Illustration

When and where?

Module 1, Drawing: February 6 – March 31 (Viborg, Denmark)
Module 2, Illustration: April 11 – June 2 (Viborg, Denmark)

(Please note: For module 2, there will be an exam shortly after the last day of the course.) 

After the deadline

We will review the applications. Shortly after, you will receive an e-mail with information about the result of your application. In case you were accepted in the course, you will be asked to confirm your seat. Please make sure to also check your spam folder for e-mails from VIA.

Need more information?

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

    You will be offered specific accommodation by the housing organiser shortly after you have been accepted into the course. Rooms offered are typically located in the dormitory Camp Logos, which is right next to The Animation Workshop. 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 organiser. 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 taw.housing@via.dk

    As a PRO course participant, you only have to pay a reduced deposit of 5000 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 vacating.

  • It is possible to attend a single module of the course, but we strongly recommend that you attend both.

    Fee (whole course/two modules)

    EU citizens: 28,800 DKK (approx. 3,870 EUR)
    Non-EU citizens: 51,000 DKK (approx. 6,860 EUR)

    Fee (one module)

    EU citizens: 14,400 DKK (approx. 1,940 EUR)
    Non EU citizens: 25,500 DKK (approx. 3,430 EUR)

    Materials

    All students are required to bring a computer that has the Adobe programs Photoshop and InDesign, preferably the Creative Cloud version, 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. You will also be asked to buy or bring a few analogue drawing materials to be used during the course workshops.

  • 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 have to 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 tuition payment, 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 requirements 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

Student statements

My expectations were high, but the actual experience was even better. María Pacheco
Every week there was a new challenge and a new skill to learn, all teachers were highly professional and inspiring mentors. Josephine Wolff
The fantastic teachers all proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks Peter Hermann

Contact

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

  • Coordinator and Lecturer at the Talent and Skills Department
  • T: +45 87 55 49 44