Introduction to Hand-Drawn Type (short course)

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Why study this course?

Hand-drawn type is a key part of current illustration and graphic design as well as having a rich history in visual arts. It is a great addition to any creative’s repertoire.

More about this course

On this course you will use a variety of methods and materials to draw and create letter forms by hand. During the course you will explore different methods of using hand-drawn lettering as a means of visual communication. We will also use hand-rendered typography to create imagery and explore the work of practitioners of hand-drawn lettering both past and present.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • have an overview of contemporary and past hand-drawn type practitioners
  • draw letters by hand using different approaches and materials
  • create hand-drawn type which communicates specific concepts or ideas
  • put together hand-drawn words to create an illustration
  • work in the handcrafted type digitally

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This advanced course is suitable for illustrators and designers who want to improve their hand-lettering skills.

Course structure

  • An overview of contemporary and past hand-drawn type practitioners. Different approaches of drawing letters by hand.
  • Creating hand-drawn type which communicates specific concepts or ideas. Putting together hand-drawn words to create an illustration.
  • Scanning and digital translation of type illustration. Manipulation of the digital file in Photoshop and Illustrator.

What our students say

"It was a very inspiring course. I learnt more skills as well as building my confidence in an area I wanted to become better at. Thanks Alice!"

Course dates

Course dates Autumn dates will be confirmed in August
Length One day a week for three sessions
Day and time Saturday,?11.30am to 5.30pm
Maximum class size 14
Contact hours 15


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security?(DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

The course fee includes the cost of materials.

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.