This four-year course includes a preparatory year (Year 0) that provides a focused introduction to illustration and, upon successful completion, will secure you a place on the BA (Hons) Illustration degree course without further application or interview.
Our long-established and renowned Illustration course 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.
Alongside learning these essential craft skills, you will also develop a personal style, learn self-promotion skills and business knowledge that will enable you to network confidently and find a career as soon as you graduate.
Based in spacious studios equipped with a diverse range of analogue and digital resources, you’ll also have access to extensive facilities on campus for printmaking, book production, animation, ceramics, digital printing, 3D design, textiles, photography and video, reflecting the evolving nature of contemporary illustration.
The course content and delivery on our BA (Hons) Illustration course reflects recent trends in the creative industries for illustrators to be collaborative and flexible, initiating new opportunities for shared and individual work.
You’ll be taught largely through studio-based projects and workshops, supported by regular tutorials and group reviews. There’s also a lively programme of visiting speakers, practical skills-based workshops, pop up exhibitions and external visits.
Our Illustration course benefits from a wide range of well-established industry links which give our students the opportunity to get involved with external competitions, shows and live projects, as well as producing promotional work.
To add a deeper range of insight, our course attracts a variety of guest speakers such as Tony Morrison, Graham Rawle, Robert Sae-Heng, Olivier Kugler, The Association of Illustrators, Owen Gildersleeve and Isabel Greenberg. These individuals, along with many others, help to provide specialist industry knowledge as well as networking opportunities.
The course benefits from a wide range of industry links with the likes of the Association of Illustrators, Ambit Magazine, The V&A, The Pound Shop, The Folio Society, Philosophers Magazine, BABE Artists Book Fair and Far Far Away Books.
To add a deeper range of insight for you, our course attracts a variety of guest speakers such as Rosy Nicolas, Graham Rawle, Robert Sae-Heng, Olivier Kugler, The Association of Illustrators, Stephen Appleby, and David Lemm. These individuals, along with many others, help to provide specialist industry knowledge, as well as networking opportunities.