BA (Hons) Illustration

BA (Hons) Illustration

Develop your ability to illustrate with confidence. Your time will focus on drawing, making images and constructing narratives. We will encourage you to experiment with different techniques, covering both traditional and digital creative processes. This will help you extend your practice and discover your specialism. While on the course you will illustrate across different genres, including:

  • Comic art
  • Book illustration
  • Editorial illustration
  • Children's illustration
  • Social engagement illustration

Alongside your practical work, you will carry out contextual studies to develop your practical work. This means carrying out research that helps you understand and explain where, how and why your ideas fit in terms of contemporary illustration practice. You will also examine the social and political events that inspire the work you do. It's also a chance for you to research and explore different perspectives in illustration.

As you work on briefs in the studio, you will be offered the opportunity to:

  • work with students from other courses
  • illustrate a story by a creative writer
  • work alongside photographers and artists
  • bring your illustrations to life through moving image
  • work on illustration briefs with industry clients
  • visit cities around the world to enrich your cultural courses and references
  • take part in work placement opportunities and internships
  • showcase your work at our annual degree show and national graduate exhibitions

Our team of illustrators and specialist technicians are here to support you. Your tutors will really get to know you, your practice and your ambitions.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Portfolio Day

If your application is successful, you will be invited to a portfolio day. On the day, you will show your work to our tutors and discuss your work and the ideas behind it.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

On this course you will gain the specialist creative and practical skills you need to pursue a career in illustration. You will also build skills in communication, independent working and collaboration that can lead to a range of other creative roles.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Illustrator
  • Storyboard artist
  • Editor
  • Artist
  • Printmaker
  • Graphic designer

Course Details

Year 1

Critical Contexts 1
Illustration Fundamentals
Critical Contexts 2
Illustration Exploration

Year 2

Critical Enquiry 1
Illustration Practice and Development
Critical Enquiry 2
Illustration Exposition

Year 3

Independent Research Project
Advanced Studio Practice
Situated Professional Practice

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