The Illustration program at the University of Applied Sciences Europe combines the 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. They tell stories in picture books and comics and create entire films or virtual worlds in storyboards and concept arts.
Il|lus|tra|re [lat.] (v.): bring to light; visualize
Due to the development of digital media, working methods, requirements, technical workflows, and application spectra are also subject to constant change. Nevertheless, the art of drawing is indispensable as the basis of craftsmanship and as an elementary cultural technique for communication and idea generation. To illustrate means to invent images, to develop one's own visual language, to experiment, to think, and work visually. But it also means translating texts into graphic ideas, researching a wide variety of topics, finding adequate solutions - and always remaining curious.
In the Illustration bachelor's program at our university, you will learn exclusively from renowned lecturers from the creative industry and you can use the professional equipment of the University of Applied Sciences Europe for analog and digital techniques for your study projects. The focus of our teaching is on your individual development in small learning groups and a friendly, familiar, and creative atmosphere. Through our interdisciplinary selection of subjects, a variety of practice-oriented projects, and a semester abroad or internships, you can actively influence your studies and career path.
EURO 3.000 (EURO three thousand): This reservation fee will be deducted from the total amount of study fees. (Not applicable for EU applicants);
Official translation to English or German for those documents in a different language;
German taught programs need both English/German language certificates;
The minimum English language level is B1.
Secondary school diploma and transcripts (if applicable, university entrance examinations, bachelor’s transcript of records, bachelor’s degree certificates). If the applicant is eligible to access higher education in their home country, he/she is eligible to apply to UE;
English / German language certificate* or request to waive**;
CV – up to date;
Letter of motivation (around 500-800 words, stating the motivation for applying at UE and the respective program).
Once the application is complete, the student is required to complete an online test (UE sends the log-in details).
Direct admission (German higher education entrance qualification or equivalent as per Anabin): IST test of 46 minutes lengths covering numerical and figural skills;
Indirect admission (for applicants that UE can accept with an entrance examination): IST test of 1 hour 40 minutes length covering verbal, numerical, and figural skills.
Please note: Some applicants might be asked to participate in an interview (through Skype). This will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes and includes a general discussion about your motivation.
Include up to 10 visual or interactive projects (with accompanying image series, sketches, and/or other visual/textual material). These should be original work that highlights a range of your abilities and interests. This might include illustrations, graphic novel spread, poster series, games, character development, photo essays, collages, paintings, sculptures, marketing or social campaigns, short films, animations, applications or websites, personal creative projects, as well as text-based conceptual projects. We are also interested in seeing excerpts from sketchbooks, contact sheets, and research development where applicable. All work should be accompanied by a short text reflecting on the project or work. The portfolio should be collected in a PDF format, and sent through WeTransfer or uploaded onto a website. Large sculptural projects, 3D objects, and performances can be presented digitally. Include any media links or social media channels that are relevant. Interactive projects or games should be uploaded as Windows executables or as an online playable link.
IELTS 5.5 overall (no less than 5.0 for each component);
TOEFL IBT 72;
TOEFL ITP 500 – 547 (290-300 listening, 280-300 language form, 280-300 reading);
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 59;
Pearson Test of English (General) Level 3;
Cambridge Exam Advanced and Proficiency 162 overall;
Cambridge Exam First (FCE) Grade C;
TOEIC Listening/Reading 785, Speaking 160, Writing 150;
PASSWORD 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in each component).
To request a language test waiver, you must have studied in a country where the official first language is English:
At least nine months in duration;
Taken at a recognized institution where teaching and assessment throughout the course is entirely in English;
Has been completed within 2 years of the start date of the course to which you are applying;
Medium of Instruction (MOI) should indicate English + EF SET or any accepted English proficiency certificate requested.