BA (Hons) Graphics & Illustration


Program Description

This course offers a dynamic and exciting approach to the practice of Graphics & Illustration. By fostering the development of great ideas and challenging existing thinking in the subject, you will be equipped with the tools to help define your future and find an individual voice within the field of visual communication.

Course Details

  • Length 3 years (6 terms)
  • Course Start September
  • Progression Graphic designer, Illustrator, Art Director, Freelance Illustrator, Advertising Agency, branding, digital moving image, typography, interactive design, packaging and 3D design, information design
  • Tutor Support Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.
  • Studio Access Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
  • How Your Work Is Assessed Visual and written assignments and projects.
  • Guest Lecturers Our course is enriched by programmed of lectures and workshops from a range of creative professionals.


What to Expect

Year One

Through practical workshops and themed project assignments, you will explore the fundamentals of visual communication and your own unique visual language through personal idea development.

Year Two

In your second year you will focus on developing skills within a chosen specialism alongside building upon existing themes, taught in year one. By exploring themes, concepts and a wide range of media, the focus remains on refining your individual direction with the aid of self-evaluation.

Year Three

Your final year is the beginning of your career in the creative arts environment. The year begins with a variety of projects that support a critical and imaginative approach to visual communication through a self-initiated programme of study. Aided by tutors and industry specialists you will explore a specific area of interest and complete a body of work from which to select your own professional portfolio

Entry Requirements


18 years +

Educational Level

A pass at UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma or Extended Diploma or equivalent or successful completion of High School (year 11 or year 12 depending on native country) is needed or 2 x A levels equivalent to 64 UCAS points and 1 GCSE or equivalent at grade 4 or C, preferably in a relevant creative subject

English Level for International Students

IELTS 5.5+ (with no element below 5.5)


A portfolio is required.

Your Space

Each of our students has their own workspace and are provided with free colour printing. Students will also have access to an instudio library and our photography studio. We also provide you with materials for mono printing, silk screen printing, lino printing, letterpress, drypoint and collagraph in our dedicated print room.

How We Teach

Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular one-to-ones and group tutorials.

Subjects Taught

Illustration, Graphics, Photography, Printmaking, typography, Moving Image; (can also include) Children’s Illustration, info graphics, editorial design, animation, character design, film, branding, advertising, editorial illustration, 3D illustration


90% of our students were in work 6 months after graduating in 2019. 43% of our students graduating in 2019 achieved a first class degree. This is substantially higher than the national level of 28%.*

*based on national average in 2017/18

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Cambridge school of visual & performing arts (csvpa) is a dedicated arts and performance school in the centre of cambridge. We offer diploma, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses acr ... Read More

Cambridge school of visual & performing arts (csvpa) is a dedicated arts and performance school in the centre of cambridge. We offer diploma, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses across art & design, fashion, music and performing arts. Read less