Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Illustration (with Foundation Year)

Why choose this course?

This degree in Illustration will help you develop both your illustrative style and flair for creative image-making. The course covers the practical, professional and artistic sides of working as an Illustrator with an individual artistic voice, equipping you for a successful career in the creative industries.

You will:

  • Learn how to create compelling images, work to professional standards and understand how your work fits into the industry.
  • Be introduced to a broad range of creative skills, from the generation of ideas to their technical production through printmaking, bookbinding, 3D materials, life drawing, traditional and digital media, with an emphasis on drawing and the development of a unique personal style.
Be introduced to professional creative processes and be encouraged to expand your abilities through workshops and practical projects.

Key course features

  • Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further study.
  • You will be part of a vibrant and creative community of commercial artists including children’s book artists, illustrators, animators, game artists and designers.
  • You will be taught by a teaching team with a broad range of experience working professionally in the illustration and creative industries.
  • We encourage our students to self-publish and learn how to produce high-quality production prototypes to pitch to the publishing industry through the use of our in-house Bindery.

Entry Requirements

Our general requirement for the foundation year is 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

Where possible, we like to interview all of our applicants in person. If this is problematic, we can arrange a digital portfolio review or an online interview.


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Students studying Illustration at the School of Creative Arts have gone on to working in a variety of jobs and industries. Many go on to work as freelance illustrators, book designers, comic artists, storyboard artists, character designers and roles in the animation and games industry.

Course Details


The foundation year will introduce you to the key elements of art and design, including graphic design, animation, illustration, photography, and film, applied and fine art.  You will explore the creative thought process relating to various art and design disciplines, developing your ability to put ideas down on paper quickly.  There will be a range of practice assignments that will increase your recognition of strong ideas and original concepts.


Level 4 introduces students to the fundamental principles of illustration that will help you develop your illustrative style. This includes developing an understanding of the tools and creative techniques you will be using, the historical contexts and theories of illustration, print, production, bookbinding techniques and an understanding of the illustration industry.


Level 5 enables students to develop their individual approach to character design, the role of illustration in society, the conceptual aspects of illustration, the practicalities of preparing work for production as well as exploring the fundamentals of running a business as a freelancer.


Level 6 is negotiated. You will work with staff to pitch the projects that demonstrate your illustrative style, your skills and abilities, your ambition and your understanding of the illustration industry.


Visual Investigation
Materials and Methods
Creative Processes
Progression Project
The Skills You Need
Contextual Studies


Visual Communication
Media & Techniques
Contextual Studies 1
Ideas & Concepts
Print & Production
Creative Futures 1


Characters in Context
Illustration in Action
Contextual Studies 2
Conceptual Illustration
Print & Publishing
Creative Futures 2


Negotiated Practice
Contextual Studies 3
Creative Futures 3
Illustration Degree Project

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

Are you ready to start building your future?

Contact our admission counseller and get a free consultation.