Ravensbourne University London - BA (Hons) Illustration for Communication

Ravensbourne University London

BA (Hons) Illustration for Communication

Why study this illustration degree?

Our challenging and exciting illustration course in London takes an innovative, experimental and critical approach to the broad practice of illustration. The three-year BA Honours degree will help you to develop new skills, encourage different ways of thinking, enable you to find your individual visual voice, and prepare you for the ever-moving creative landscape.

Working in a collaborative studio environment, you will have opportunities to
apply your skills across a range of illustrative applications, including: editorial, publishing, packaging, product, print, advertising, character and film.

Illustration for communication at Ravensbourne University London spans the creative spectrum, turning illustrators into contemporary visual storytellers. As it crosses so many creative boundaries, there are unparalleled opportunities for contemporary illustrators to work with time-based, sequential and narrative forms. This includes graphic design, advertising and publishing, fashion and product design, animation and games design.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.

Qualifications accepted:

  • Two A levels, grade C or above
  • Four AS levels, grade C or above
  • Two vocational A levels, grade C or above
  • Level three Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above

Selection criteria:

Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work which shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.


Academic 5.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each component: reading, writing, speaking, listening.

Career Prospects

As the BA (Hons) Illustration for Communication degree course crosses so many creative boundaries, there are unparalleled opportunities for contemporary illustrators to work with time-based, sequential and narrative forms. These include:

  • Graphic design
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Fashion
  • Product design
  • Animation
  • Games design

Course Details

Year 1

This studio-led introduction to illustration expands mindsets and skillsets through workshops and projects. 

You will have the opportunity to explore idea generation, documentation and process experimentation, and the creation of image-making through computing, animation, photography and digital print. A programme of industry practitioners and speakers supplements and enhances the core delivery.

Year 2

Year two explores a more individual approach to image-making and encourages the development of creative thinking and ideas generation, combined with a deeper understanding of the subject.

The ability to have a personal vision, a point-of-view and philosophical stance is explored and a range of electives help facilitate collaborative projects with other disciplines.

Year 3

The culmination of three years of study in illustration is channeled into practical projects, which are increasingly professional in scope.

A range of self-directed project solutions form the basis of the final portfolio of work appropriate to applied contexts across a range of disciplines, along with a major project.

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