Illustration Essentials

Illustration is an evocative form of visual communication. Illustration Essentials is a course where students examine a wide range of creative approaches that give visual form to abstract concepts and ideas. Emphasis is placed on rigorous brainstorming, matching form to content, non-literal thinking, and risk-taking. Students are introduced to the fundamental theories and practices in the field of contemporary illustration.

Students examine posters, maps, packaging, folding toys, book covers, magazine layouts, and more. Assignments are executed in an array of media including gouache, acrylic paint, coloured pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor. 

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.

Combine this course with four other Online Digital Media & Graphic Design courses to earn a Digital Media Skills Certificate.

Important registration details:

Courses offered in partnership with OCAD U are delivered through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on the OCAD learning management system Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. To learn more about course expectations, visit here.

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at

If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here.

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Winter 2021
Date & Time:
20 Jan 2021 to 24 Feb 2021
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
$445.00 plus tax
Registration Deadline:
January 10, 2021

Course Requirements

Students are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Contact UNBC Continuing Studies about the supply list for your course. ***Regular access to a computer with a webcam and microphone, high-speed broadband internet connection, and a digital camera or smartphone and is required. ***


Course Cancellations

Please note that courses may be canceled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

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