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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
find out

International course fees
GBP 15000 per year

All study options

About Illustration at Arts University Bournemouth

Illustration is a way of seeing and understanding the world. Through a variety of techniques, traditional and digital, you'll discover how to connect and communicate with different audiences across a range of contemporary platforms.

Looking to start in 2017? There's still time to apply for this course through UCAS. Visit our how to apply page for more information.

Our Illustration graduates are working within the creative industries across a range of diverse visual Art & Design practices including publishing, animation/ moving image, graphic design, advertising, interior design, packaging, product design, fashion & textiles. Some graduates are employed by creative agencies, design departments or digital businesses - while many others have gone on to enjoy success as independent freelance illustrators or have formed illustration collectives.

There are no rules in illustration. On this course you'll explore the excitement of the blurred boundaries between contemporary disciplines. You'll challenge and interrogate the way we think about illustration, imagery and style.

Explore creativity

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. You will be a member of a lively community of practitioners exploring, celebrating and engaging with contemporary illustration.

You will have the chance to work on 'live' project briefs for businesses, enter competitions, exhibit, collaborate, and work closely with other students to form illustration collectives. You may wish to complete an internship or artist's residency while you are studying on the course. You will be encouraged and supported to be innovative in terms of how you market your practice and connect with relevant audiences for your practice. Professional Practice is a fundamental aspect that is embedded throughout the three years enabling your to achieve your career aspirations after completing the course.

Course tutors will facilitate and help you to grow into a confident creative practitioner. Through engaging with the course you will establish your own distinct voice as an illustrator. You will learn how to discuss your illustration practice with others in preparation for working with clients or fellow collaborators.

YOU MAY CHOOSE TO COMPLETE YOUR DEGREE IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING NAMED AWARDS:

  • BA (Hons) Illustration (Animation)
  • BA (Hons) Illustration (Printmaking)

LEARNING, TEACHING AND TIMETABLING

You can read more about learning and teaching at AUB and when you will receive your timetable here.

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STUDY ABROAD

Looking to spend less than six months in the UK to learn Illustration? Take a look at our Study Abroad and Summer Courses.

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Course outline

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

For further information regarding international (non EU)fees click here

Entry requirements

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What students think about Arts University Bournemouth

    Abigail Cucolo (22), Fort Stewart, GA, USA : Master of Arts (Costume)

    Testimonial from Abigail Cucolo (22), Fort Stewart, GA, USA : Master of Arts (Costume), student at Arts University Bournemouth

    I have always loved England, so I knew I wanted to attend a school in the UK. The courses at Arts University Bournemouth offered the independence that allowed me to encompass my wide range of interests. It was also important to me that English was the native language and that there was a similarity in cultures, but my fondness for English history and literature was the deciding factor.

    My transition went very smoothly. As America and England could be considered extended family, the change was not too drastic. When the course began, we had an introduction to the curriculum, procedures and protocols as well as a tour of the facilities.

    The international office is always available to help with any issues foreign students may face, and student services can help with general queries. I have had brilliant help from the finance office in regards to my aid from overseas – they have been very patient and prompt.

    The course has three phases, each 15 weeks long and focused on developing your practice, culminating in an exhibition of your final piece at the end.

    The entire MA group meets once a week for research seminars or guest lectures, but each student’s work is independent with guidance by an assigned tutor. Though I enjoy the course it has definitely been different from my undergraduate studies in the US, where the focus is on a more structured, lecture-based learning environment. The independence the course offers is its greatest benefit, but also the most challenging aspect.

    I would recommend the experience to anyone with the personal drive and motivation necessary to succeed. You need to be dedicated to your practice, time management skills and be highly self-motivated. However, make sure you don’t pass up the opportunities provided by living abroad. Make time for travel, enjoy the history and the people – experience the country and apply it to your work.

    Aleksandra Leontyeva (21), Moscow, Russia: BA (Hons) Digital Media Production

    Testimonial from Aleksandra Leontyeva (21), Moscow, Russia: BA (Hons) Digital Media Production, student at Arts University Bournemouth

    I decided to study in the UK, after I have realized that I’m totally obsessed with films. UK is great filmmaking industry, and like no other country has different specialized Universities and courses in this sphere. I tried to find some short filmmaking course to help me to understand if I am really interested in making films. I found Arts University Bournemouth which has wide range of short courses, including 2 months summer short course of filmmaking. The great benefit of this course was that at the end each student directed own short movie. It was great chance to try yourself. So I decided to apply to AUCB, and I was accepted. I applied to FdA Digital Media Production course, because in my opinion it gives you more freedom in creativity.

    During the time when my documents have been processing, International Office supported me, with this a bit boring process. They helped me with it, gave all information about University, helped with transfer to the town and accommodation. People who are working there always opened for help.

    I’m living in student house, with English students. It is giving me great opportunity to practise my English 24/7.It’s great cultural exchange also, which helps me to understand more English culture and style of life. My housemates are welcoming, friendly and really helpful. I also made some Russian-speaking friends, who help me not to feel homesick.

    Bournemouth is really hospitable (especially for students) and pleasant town. It’s a lot of students here, so you wouldn’t find a problem to make friends. You will never be bored, because it has lots of amusements too.

    So far this year I have reached the goals that I wanted, I picked up lots of skills and found new friends, which supported me. If I’ll have chance to change my decision I wouldn’t change anything. I’m absolutely happy that I’m studying here.

    If you are ambitious, creative, easy-going person and if you know what you want to reach in your life, don’t miss your chance to get it!

    Feini Dong (21), Shanghai, China: BA (Hons) Film Production

    I became aware of studying Film Production in England when I saw the Harry Potter films. I was impressed by the way it was designed. So I first attended the University at Brighton before transferring to Arts University Bournemouth, which was highly recommended by my previous tutors.

    I think that the AUB tutors take so much care about us and are very professional. They are happy to pass their up to date knowledge onto us, as well as give us an insight of working in the industry. That is what makes me feel prepared for the challenges in my future business life. Their opinion and feedback keeps me thinking and often changes my point of view.

    I have the feeling that I’m getting to know everything about production and how to get the best result out of a co-operation with my fellow students.

    I really enjoy living in this peaceful and quiet environment where there are so many lovely places, like the Bournemouth Garden, its town centre and the surrounded area – and of course all the shopping facilities. As I grew up in the busy and loud City of Shanghai, I can enjoy all these Bournemouth amenities so much more. The local people are very polite and helpful to students from abroad, although I had difficulties involving in the community due to the Cultural shock. I wasn’t able to understand the people clearly when I came to England, but I’m happy to say now that this is no problem for me anymore.

    During my winter holidays I travelled around Europe for 20 days. I spent some time at Paris, Evian, Lyon, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Milan and had a stopover at Venice.

    After my graduation this year I would love to work in England but that depends if I will be granted a 2 year -Working Visa. Otherwise, I am going to have plenty of time to look for a job in China during my long summer holidays.

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