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Be a Graphic Recorder course


Being able to capture someone’s content and turn it into engaging pictures is an amazing skill. It’s also a wonderful, creative way to raise your professional profile or generate your own income stream.

This tutor-supported online course gives you the skills and techniques that you need to start capturing conversations and content into visuals. Whether that’s in live sessions creating big or digital visuals for clients, sketchnoting for your own learning in lectures and meetings, or translating written documents into visuals, this unique course will take your practice to the next level.

This is a course that could change your working life! We know this because it already has for our past students.

Next start dates

  • 8th September 2020 (booking now closed)

  • 2nd February 2021

At a glance…

Online course, any device, any time


Individual, tailored online tutor support

Private Pinterest group to share coursework

12 Modules

28 Lessons with practical exercises

£tbc for 2021, £700 in 2020

12 week Term

Go at your own pace to fit in with your life

5 hours a week study recommended

Class size limited to 20 people only

Downloadable certificate

Your tutor Cara Holland

Cara has been a professional graphic recorder for over 13 years, working in the UK and around the world.  She has built up a successful graphiking business with all kinds of organisations as clients, from the NHS to Google and IKEA. She’s developed her own personal style and methods through trial and error and has put all of that learning into this course.

Developed over years of running face-to-face graphic recording training, this course is full of tips, techniques and insights Cara has learnt IRL, so that you can boost your graphic recording skills in just 12 weeks.





What our students say about this course

“I have really enjoyed the Graphic Recorder course…The course is really well structured. I’ve always been fascinated with graphic facilitation…However I don’t think I ever really understood what visual thinking, graphic recording, or graphic facilitation really was until I did this course…The feedback and support that I got through Cara’s comments was key to my progression. I’m going to take this further in my own job as a secondary school teacher. I have the confidence now to build on all the things I learnt in the course…Thanks so much!!”

P. Smith

“The best advice I can give a prospective student is to set aside any inhibitions and jump right in because all you need to start is an inquisitive mind and a desire to learn. The coursework is very well-paced, allowing time for reflection and growth. Cara has found a way to provide real world building blocks for the student. Graphic Change Academy has proven to be very worthwhile and has set the bar high for online instruction.”

H. Chamberlain

You’re ready for this course if…


I'm ready

you have some understanding of what Graphic Recording is


you feel comfortable drawing basic icons

you would benefit from a supported learning program to keep you accountable in your learning

This course will give you


the techniques to create a professional graphic recording


the skills to take your sketchnotes to the next level

the confidence to capture live meetings and sessions visually

Course Content

Graphic recording turns key messages into memorable, engaging, big pictures that can be cascaded throughout a company, shared with stakeholders and referred to long after the meeting or event.

Perhaps you’re already comfortable drawing and want to add a new skillset to your business. Perhaps you’re already a Graphic Recorder and you want to get some support and feedback directly from an industry expert.

This is your unique opportunity to learn in a small group environment from one of the most experienced practitioners out there, all from the comfort of your home!

Here’s an overview of what we cover in the 12 week course…

Drawing Skills

4 fast-track lessons to give you a foundation in functional drawing techniques:

  • Buildings
  • Objects
  • People
  • Shapes
Week 1 - Basics

To start you off gently we cover the basics of

1. Equipment – a walkthrough the equipment you’ll need as a Graphic Recorder

2. Colour – a deeper dive into using colour to communicate in your recordings

3. Text – a deeper dive into getting text right – the right words drawn right

Week 2 - Dream

The most important part of being a Graphic Recorder is YOU. So this week we’re using graphic recording skills to focus on your dreams, your experience and where you want to take them.

4. Head Shot – create your unique head shot

5. Here to There – starting your graphic recording journey

6. About You – define your unique skills (visually of course)

Week 3 - Jump in!

We’re going to use the basic skills you’ve learnt so far to set a baseline – let’s jump in to doing some graphic recording!

7. Graphic Recording

8. Graphic Translation

9. Sketchnoting

Week 4 - Reflect

One of the most important parts of developing your technique is the ability to review and reflect on your work. But it’s a step people often miss. So this is a chance to practise this with my support.

10. Critical Friend – it’s time to review your work so far

11. Reflect

Week 5 - Pre-session

This week we’re unpicking the vital techniques I use when preparing for a graphic recording session. I’ve learnt these over years so you can learn them in days!

12. Agendas – how to unpick an agenda with a graphic recorder’s eye

13. Weighting – how to plan your page

14. Questions to ask – the key critical questions you’re going to want to ask your clients before you walk in / dial into the room

Week 6 - In Session

As a Graphic Recorder there’s as much going on in your head as on the page. This week we take a deep dive into those hidden skills.

15. Listen – how to actively listen

16. Filter – how to decide what to capture and what to leave out

17. Layouts – explore your layout choices and understand what difference they make

Week 7 - On the Page

One of the most common things I get asked is how to make your recording look good. This week I show you how to put it on the page to make an impact.

18. Relationships – how does one thing relate to another on the page

19. Space – how to best use the space you have

20. Scale – how size impacts the message on the page

21. Continuity – how to harness continuity to your advantage

Week 8 - Pause

This is a week to reflect, revisit and catch up. I’m here to answer any questions you have at this stage. This pause will give you the energy to complete the course.

22. Reflect

Week 9 - Perfectly You

This week is meta. Let’s use your new graphic recording skills and thinking to focus on you as a practitioner

23. Connect the Dream – where are you going next?

24. Style – what’s your graphic recording style?

Week 10 - Do Over

You’ve got the knowledge. You’ve been putting it into practise IRL. Let’s see how far you’ve come.

25. Graphic Recording

26. Graphic Translation

Week 11 - Catch Up

A week to review, reflect and catch up if you’ve fallen behind. I’m here for you this week for any new questions or realizations that you’ve uncovered.

Week 12 - Finishing Touches

We’re coming to the end of your course and the beginning of your graphic recording future!

27. Disasters! – I really have been there and done it. I share some real-life disasters and solutions to save you pain!

28. Meta Record – time to capture all that learning

Why we’re different

You’re already in the Academy so you may already know this, but just in case…

we don't do mass online training

– we see you as an individual and we keep our class sizes small so you get the support to succeed


this online course is tutor supported

– you can ask your tutor a question or post your work for feedback and your tutor will respond to you. Individually and directly

your tutor is an experienced practitioner

– so they’ve been there and done it IRL. They’re still doing it! This helps you deal with real world scenarios and learn tips, hacks and best practice from a professional graphiker.

this online course has a Pinterest class

– so you can learn with and from classmates going through the course at the same time as you

our support is personal and direct

– when you email us at support you get a direct reply from a helpful person who responds to your individual needs. Try us out! If you have any questions about whether this course is right for you, email Natasha at