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21 Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Illustration

A Bachelor of Arts is an undergraduate program often designed to focus on an area within the arts or humanities. Some universities may award a BA for study done in the sciences or mathematics. It can take students three to five years to complete this type of program. What is a BA in Illustration? It is a field of study that focuses on creating imagery and drawing. Some programs may have a specific… Read more

A Bachelor of Arts is an undergraduate program often designed to focus on an area within the arts or humanities. Some universities may award a BA for study done in the sciences or mathematics. It can take students three to five years to complete this type of program.

What is a BA in Illustration? It is a field of study that focuses on creating imagery and drawing. Some programs may have a specific focus, such as narrative, authorial or informative illustration, while others may look at all three parts of the profession. Courses may range from traditional drawing techniques to digital technologies. The exact courses available at a school can vary but may be similar to digital media principles, theory of illustration, illustrative life drawing, conceptual processes and illustration in the digital age.

This creative program helps students improve their problem-solving and core material skills. Participants also learn how to better communicate through images, which can make them standout animators and illustrators. Not only do the skills gained in this study make graduates better suited for jobs, but they can also help them in their personal lives.

Applicants should contact universities directly to get an estimate on tuition. Many factors, such as school location and program duration, can affect the cost.

Many programs offer students real-world experience, which can translate to a variety of job opportunities after graduation. Some students start their own design companies or join large corporations as illustrators. Examples of potential careers include freelance illustrator, video game image maker, graphic designer, advertisement designer and comic artist. Of course, some scholars may choose to use their transferable skills to gain work in other areas or to continue their education.

You may find schools around the world offer a BA in Illustration program either online or on campus. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Norwich University of the Arts
Norwich, United Kingdom

Our BA (Hons) Illustration degree course has developed a well-deserved reputation for challenging conventional thinking.

Our BA (Hons) Illustration degree course has developed a well-deserved reputation for challenging conventional thinking. -
BA
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Applied Sciences Europe
Berlin, Germany +1 More

Illustration study at the University of Applied Sciences Europe combines classical arts such as painting, drawing and printmaking with the fascination of contemporary design u ... +

Illustration study at the University of Applied Sciences Europe combines classical arts such as painting, drawing and printmaking with the fascination of contemporary design using modern digital techniques. Illustrations visualize complex content in newspapers, magazines, infographics, advertisements, posters, websites and apps. -
BA BA
Full-time
7 semesters
German
Campus
Online
 
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
Cambridge, United Kingdom

This course offers a dynamic and exciting approach to the practice of Graphics & Illustration. By fostering the development of great ideas and challenging existing thinkin ... +

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. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)
Rome, Italy

Create incredible stories with your own characteristic drawing style. Create infinite worlds with your own colors and technique. Take control of your own talent. Learn to tell ... +

Create incredible stories with your own characteristic drawing style. Create infinite worlds with your own colors and technique. Take control of your own talent. Learn to tell stories by drawing them. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
Italian
Oct 2020
Campus
 
University for the Creative Arts
Farnham, United Kingdom

Our long-established and renowned BA (Hons) Illustration course at UCA Farnham has a strong reputation for visual narrative and documentary, underpinned by an understanding th ... +

Our long-established and renowned BA (Hons) Illustration course at UCA Farnham has a strong reputation for visual narrative and documentary, underpinned by an understanding that the best illustration is based on exciting, original ideas. You’ll investigate these concepts through drawing, text, sequential design, book production, moving image, printmaking, three-dimensional craft and creative writing. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Torino
Turin, Italy

The course of Illustrazione e Animazione trains a design professional who gives shape and life to an idea, concept, character or situation thanks to his/her extraordinary capa ... +

The course of Illustrazione e Animazione trains a design professional who gives shape and life to an idea, concept, character or situation thanks to his/her extraordinary capacity to represent, mimic or transform creativity into reality. The illustrator possesses a deep knowledge of the language and the specific techniques used in the various areas of application: from a children’s illustrator to a scientific illustrator, a cartoonist, an animator, working in the field of traditional publishing, to the world of advertising. Professional Profile: Illustrator, Animation Designer The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Diploma Level I (180CF) -
BA
Full-time
3 years
Italian
Oct 2020
14 Sep 2020
Campus
 
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Milan
Milan, Italy +2 More

The course of illustration aims at forming a design professional who gives form and life to an idea, concept, character or situation thanks to his /her extraordinary capacity ... +

The course of illustration aims at forming a design professional who gives form and life to an idea, concept, character or situation thanks to his /her extraordinary capacity to represent, mimic or transform creativity into reality. The illustrator possesses a deep knowledge of the language and the specific techniques used in the various areas of application: from a children’s illustrator to a scientific illustrator, a cartoonist, an animator, working in the field of traditional publishing, to the world of advertising. Professional Profile: Illustrator, Animation Designer The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Diploma Level I (180CF) -
BA
Full-time
3 years
Italian
Oct 2020
14 Sep 2020
Campus
 
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Rome
Rome, Italy

The Undergraduate course in Illustration and Animation aims at forming a design professional who gives form and life to an idea, concept, character or situation thanks to his ... +

The Undergraduate course in Illustration and Animation aims at forming a design professional who gives form and life to an idea, concept, character or situation thanks to his /her extraordinary capacity to represent, mimic or transform creativity into reality. The illustrator possesses a deep knowledge of the language and the specific techniques used in the various areas of application: from a children’s illustrator to a scientific illustrator, a cartoonist, an animator, working in the field of traditional publishing, to the world of advertising. Professional Profiles: Illustrator, Animation Designer, Storyboard Artist, Author of Graphic Novels, Comics and Graphic Journalism. The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Diploma Level I (180CF) -
BA
Full-time
3 years
Italian
Oct 2020
14 Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

This ambitious and interdisciplinary course offers practice and study in image-making applied principally within illustration but also in a range of creative design and commun ... +

This ambitious and interdisciplinary course offers practice and study in image-making applied principally within illustration but also in a range of creative design and communication contexts from animation to commercial installation. Our premise is that within the contemporary visual practice the boundaries between art, design and illustration have merged, this in part is due to digital technologies but also the cultural merging of disciplines within the visual and performing arts. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Raffles Singapore
Singapore

The course is distinguished by an emphasis on story-telling, character-creation and the development of a professional ethos. Students are supported by access to industry-stand ... +

The course is distinguished by an emphasis on story-telling, character-creation and the development of a professional ethos. Students are supported by access to industry-standard software, workshops and studio environments. Typical graduate portfolios might include complete books, comics, animations and films in a range of technologies and media from a mix of in-house assignments, self-initiated tasks, national / international competition opportunities, and live project briefs. Students are allowed to define their own trajectory, subject to staff approval and may decide to specialize in either print or moving image based projects, so are not limited to a single medium. -
BA
Full-time
English
Jul 2020
Campus
 
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Our programme gives you every opportunity to find out what kind of illustrator you want to be and then enables you to develop the skills and ideas needed in order to fulfil yo ... +

Our programme gives you every opportunity to find out what kind of illustrator you want to be and then enables you to develop the skills and ideas needed in order to fulfil your potential. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Leeds College of Art
Leeds, United Kingdom

This is a brand-new and exciting course for 2013 which has developed out of the extremely successful illustration stream within our Graphic Design degree. You will not only de ... +

This is a brand-new and exciting course for 2013 which has developed out of the extremely successful illustration stream within our Graphic Design degree. You will not only develop your strengths as an illustrator but also learn to build your own practice when you graduate. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
Aug 2020
Campus
 
Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas
Pinheiros, Brazil

BA (Hons) Illustration graduates progress to careers in a variety of industries including publishing, publishing, advertising, children's books, art direction, graphic design, ... +

BA (Hons) Illustration graduates progress to careers in a variety of industries including publishing, publishing, advertising, children's books, art direction, graphic design, film and animation, fine arts, digital media, teaching and web design; as well as those who go on to further postgraduate studies. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English, Portuguese
Campus
 
British University Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam +1 More

Students will have the option to choose from 3 individual degree streams: Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. Each course is designed for students to explore and dev ... +

Students will have the option to choose from 3 individual degree streams: Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. Each course is designed for students to explore and develop skills to meet the needs of the Creative Industries in their chosen specialism. Students will gain practical skills and the associated knowledge and expertise to succeed in the sector. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
The Open College of the Arts
Barnsley, United Kingdom

The BA (Hons) Visual communication course offers an accessible distance learning experience through which students are encouraged to develop a sense of visual enquiry, expand ... +

The BA (Hons) Visual communication course offers an accessible distance learning experience through which students are encouraged to develop a sense of visual enquiry, expand their horizons, and begin to find a personal creative voice within their practice. The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to study through which students can choose and explore a breadth of subjects, moving towards specialisms in graphic design, illustration or a combination of these subjects. -
BA
Part-time
English
Aug 2020
Online
 

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