RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration
Online, Distance Course. This course is also taught as an attended course - for more information go to RBGE website
Painting by Suyeon Kim, former RBGE student
Course start dates: January 2021 or April 2021
The techniques you learn are valuable across all areas of illustration and a seldom taught in art colleges or university art departments, so it is well suited to any developing artist. There are many courses that teach botanical illustration, but this structured course consists of 10 units with assessment built into the programme within a standard framework. The focus is on the fundamental skills, and is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors.
What does the course cover?
The course will cover fundamental skills such as 3d modelling, colour mixing, painting techniques and composition. The techniques you learn are valuable across all areas of illustration and a seldom taught in art colleges or university art departments, so are well suited to any developing artist. This certificate also gives you all the skills required to join the RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration if you wish to take your studies to a professional level.
When can I start?
The online course will run three times this year, the first intake in October 2020 the second in January 2021 and the third in April 2021.
What is the format of the course?
The course consists of the 10 units: CBI-01 Context of Botanical Illustration and the sketchbook, CBI-02 Drawing plants, CBI-03 Modelling in 3D, CBI-04 Colour and Mixing Painting, CBI-05 Painting techniques 1, CBI-06 Painting techniques 2, CBI-07 Exploring Composition, CBI-08 Composition, CBI-09 Composition and Review and CBI-10 Final Assessment. There is some theory provided to aid your understanding (in the form of short, highly visual presentations), but the course is designed to be delivered and assessed using a predominantly practical approach. The CBI is a formal qualification and students must therefore pass on-going assessment to achieve the award. Students are required to build up a course portfolio containing notes, visuals and exercises. This body of work will show progression and help develop skills leading to a final painted composition. Both the portfolio and the final piece will be assessed and the marks combined to provide the final grade. There is also an element of continuing self-assessment and evaluation within the programme. Using Propagate Learning, our online platform, you will be able to access course materials such as slideshows / presentations, notes, videos, quizzes, galleries as well as tutor support, discussion forums, and an upload area for your drawings and paintings. The online certificate runs for approximately 6 months and starts in October 2020, January 2021 or April 2021.
Do I need any prior knowledge?
You do not need prior experience for this course. Enthusiasm and motivation is all that is required!
How much does the course cost?
The cost is £720. The full payment is required on acceptance of a place.
What support will I get for the online course?
Tutor support takes place on our Propagate learning environment forums. There is also a private messaging activity within PropaGate Learning where you can contact your tutor directly. Technical support is available from our PropaGate Learning team where you will get a response within 1 working day. You will also be able to interact with and take advice from fellow students.
What do I need?
This is a practical course so you must have basic drawing and watercolour painting materials. A detailed list can be found in the course handbook. For the online course additional equipment such as a scanner will be required.
How do I apply?
Applications will only be open for one intake of the course at a time. To apply for the course, you must complete our online application form. The form will only be available when applications are open.
|Course Starting||Applications Open||Applications Close|
|October 2020||Monday 10th August 2020||Friday 11th September 2020|
|January 2021||Monday 9th November 2020||Friday 11th December 2020|
|April 2021||Monday 18th January 2021||Friday 19th February 2021|
Applications will open at 9.00am on the first day and close at 5.00pm on the last day. These times are UK times, please take this into account if applying from outside the UK.
Applicants will be notified if their application has been successful or not within 2 weeks of the application deadline date.
The RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration (CBI) is a great way to learn the fundamental techniques of paint and pencil. Using plants as our core subject this course is an ideal starting certificate if you want to become a botanical illustrator. The techniques you learn are valuable across all areas of illustration and seldom taught in art colleges or university art departments, so it is well suited to any developing artist.
This course consists of ten units with assessment built into the programme. The focus is on the fundamental skills, and is taught by experienced and enthusiastic tutors.
This course is also available as an attended course which will run later in the academic year.