Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Media, Design en IT
Expert Class Illustration 38195/3076/2324/1/54
Study guide

Expert Class Illustration

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • International programmes Media, Design and IT
    Programme option:
    • GDM International - Publication Design
    Choice package:
    • Subjects of your choice - Publication Design
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 8 credits
Co-ordinator: Peeters Andreas
Other teaching staff: De Vuyst Marijke
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: This course unit is eligible for deliberation according to the criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.
Total study time: 208,00 hours

Short description

We explore different aspects of illustrative design in this olod. Case studies of contemporary illustrators will cover various analogue and digital techniques (analogue printing techniques, digital drawing and painting, in-depth illustration software). In this subject, we make the bridge between digital and analogue applications: a laptop is a tool, but the physical realisation of an image is just as important. An aptitude for drawing is a nice touch in this subject, but not a requirement. The ability to tell a story with images is central.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

You can independently conceive and develop a concept.
You search for the best concept choices and take initiative to think of other solutions.
Your finished product shows that you have mastered all the theory.

Course content

The following topics will be covered:

  • Digital drawing and painting by observation on graphic drawing tablet
  • Handlettering
  • Portrait technique and background: analogue basis, digital execution
  • Deepening illustration software
  • Trends in the world of digital illustration: analysing existing cases
  • Experimenting with analogue printing techniques
  • Excursion

Study material (text): Mandatory

The course material will be made available digitally via Digitap.

For this class, keep in mind additional costs for:

  • access to LinkedIn Learning (+/- 15 euro, to be renewed every academic year)
  • Adobe creative software (+/- 75 euro, renewable every academic year)
  • basic drawing materials such as pencils, markers, cutting knife, ruler, cutting mat A4, fine black marker, eraser, sketchbook, ...
  • prints on campus (via credits on your student card)
  • prints you may have made in a print shop outside school
  • model drawing workshop and screen printing workshop

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Practicum36,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours172,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeSkills assessment permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodSkills assessment during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

Submissions for evaluation shall always consist of the candidate's own work and shall be submitted within the deadlines provided. If ideas, images or texts, ideas, designs or parts of designs of others are used, the author, designer and/or location of the work must be clearly mentioned to avoid plagiarism - and thus exam fraud.

Note: The effective examination format will be communicated via Digitap. The effective exam time is communicated via Webuntis.