The illustration is a way of seeing and understanding the world. You'll discover how to connect and communicate with different audiences across a range of platforms.
In our dynamic studio environments, you’ll learn to experiment, test and develop your illustration practice. You can explore drawing, painting, sewing and printmaking, as well as photographic, digital, moving image and interactive media.
In our studio environment, you'll learn to experiment, test, and develop your work through the diverse world of illustrative practices.
Course duration: 3-years (full-time)
UCAS course code: W220
UCAS institution code: A66
All students are registered for the award of BA (Hons); however, exit awards are available if you leave the course early, having successfully completed one or two levels. If you successfully complete a level of the course, you will automatically be entitled to progress to the next level.
For the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the first year of your course.
For the award of a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 240 credits of which a minimum of 120 must be at Level 5. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the second year of your course.
For the award of a BA (Hons), you must have achieved a minimum of 360 credits of which a minimum of 240 must be at Level 5 or above, of which a minimum of 120 credits must be at Level 6. This qualification will be awarded upon successful completion of your course.
A B.A. without Honours may be awarded if you have achieved 300 credits, at least 180 of which are at Level 5 or above, and at least 60 of which are at Level 6.
Studios and Resources
As a BA (Hons) Illustration student, you’ll work in a combination of multi-use studio spaces and tutorial areas.
You’ll benefit from access to a number of University facilities, such as specialist print areas, workshops and lecture theatres.
Some graduates are employed by creative agencies, design departments or digital businesses – while others work as independent freelance illustrators or form illustration collectives.
Students studying this course achieve great things and have won prestigious and high profile awards, such as:
The Macmillan Prize 2019 – Winner & 2 x ‘Highly Commended’ entries
Pictoplasma (#Secretsidekick) 2019 – 2x Winners
Creative Conscience 2019- Winner & Bronze award
Penguin Book Prize – Children’s Cover Award: 2nd & 3rd Place
The Cheltenham Illustration Awards – 2x Student Award winners & 1 ‘Highly Commended’ entry
Batsford Art Prize: Illustration – Runner-up
Northern International Illustration Prize – Finalist
Carmelite Prize 2019 – ‘Highly Commended’
Lauren Childs Illustration Awards – Finalist