RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration
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 for those wishing to complete the RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration.
The techniques you learn are valuable across all areas of illustration and are 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.
Painting by Suyeon Kim, former RBGE student
Frequently asked Questions
- 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 are 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.
- What is the structure of the course?
The course consists of these 10 units:
Context of Botanical Illustration and Drawing Exploration
Drawing – Texture & Tone
Modelling in 3D with paint
Colour and Mixing Paint
Practice - Flowers and Leaves
Introduction to Composition
Working on final Composition – Flowers and buds
Working on final Composition - Leaves
Working on final Composition – roots, sections, final hand-in
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.
- When does the course run?
The online certificate runs for approximately 6 months and starts in September 2021, January 2022 and March 2022.
The CBI programme will be delivered at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from January – August 2022 with the individual units taking place on Saturdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
- What is the format of the online course?
The online certificate runs for approximately 6 months and starts multiple times throughout the year, please see the course handbook for dates.
Using PropaGate Learning, our online learning platform, you will be able to access course materials such as demonstration videos, activities, notes and galleries, together with prompt tutor and technical support, discussion forums, and an upload area for your drawings and paintings. Work is assessed online so there is no requirement to send us your work.
- Do I need any prior knowledge?
You do not need prior experience for this course. Enthusiasm and motivation is all that is required!
You must also be able to read and write in English and have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection.
- 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 the course where you can contact your tutor or the online learning team directly.
The advantage of an online course is that you can contact us at any time and receive a quick response. Replies from the Online Learning Team (for practical technical support) and from your tutors is very prompt, enabling you to make progress with your learning.
You will also be able to interact with and take advice from fellow students.
- What will 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 during the following application windows:
September 2021 Intake
Wednesday 11th August 2021
Thursday 19th August 2021
January 2022 Intake
Monday 27th September 2021
Friday 5th November 2021
March 2022 Intake
Monday 17th January 2022
Friday 3rd February 2022
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.
Applications for the attended course are now closed. We might be able to consider late applications. If you are interested in applying for the attended course starting in January 2022, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org