RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration

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 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.

What is the structure of the course?

The course consists of these 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

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?

Online Course

The online certificate runs for approximately 6 months and starts in October 2020, January 2021 or April 2021.

Attended Course

We are currently in the process of planning for the 2020/21 academic year, however this process has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you are interested in joining the waiting list for this course please email: education@rbge.org.uk including your name and the course you are interested in. complete the contact form at the bottom of the page.

When details are confirmed you will be sent a copy of the applicants’ handbook as soon as it’s released.

What is the format of the online course?

The online certificate runs for approximately 6 months and starts in 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, 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.

An accessible word document version of the handbook is available here.

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 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?

Online Course

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:

Course

Applications Open

Applications Close

October 2020 Intake

Monday 10th August 2020

Friday 11th September 2020

January 2021 Intake

Monday 9th November 2020

11th December 2020

April 2021 Intake

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.

Attended Course

We are currently in the process of planning for the 2020/21 academic year, however this process has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are interested in joining the waiting list for this course please email: education@rbge.org.uk including your name and the course you are interested in.

When details are confirmed you will be sent a copy of the applicants’ handbook as soon as it’s released.