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: October 2019, March 2020 (5 month course)
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 twice this year, the first intake in October 2019 and the second in March 2020.
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 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 2019 or March 2020.
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 £600. 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?
You can download the applicants' handbook from the side panel on the right of this page which contains further information and the application form.
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