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About Illustration at University of Portsmouth


Illustration is about absorbing the world around you and putting your personal spin on visualising such observations.

Do you love to draw, develop engaging visual narratives, and bring stories to life? Do you want to take your illustration practice to degree level and gain new knowledge and techniques to fuel your creative professionalism? If so, this HNC Illustration course is ideal for you. Enjoy learning to channel your artistic talent and passion into the exciting, fast-paced world of contemporary illustration.

You'll explore industry-standard design software and equipment to produce innovative, dynamic illustrative briefs – as well as make use of our:

  • Adobe-equipped digital suites
  • 3D modelling workshops
  • Spacious photography dark rooms
  • Richly resourced print facilities (including screen-printing, dry-point etching, letterpress, and heat-press)

What you'll experience

  • Explore the disciplines, practices and theories of illustration
  • Improve your drawing, printing, digital software and fundamental making skills, over a challenging and varied curriculum
  • Enhance your exhibition and presentation skills
  • Develop an awareness of professional practices in illustration and beyond through talks by creative professionals
  • Be enrolled at both the University of Portsmouth and Eastleigh College, so you'll have access to activities and certain facilities at both locations
  • Display a selection of your work at a final exhibition and learn the various ways in which contemporary illustration is disseminated
  • Be taught by teaching staff who have professional experience as illustrators and digital media specialists

Work experience and career planning

When you graduate, you can progress to the second year of BA (Hons) Illustration at the University of Portsmouth, enabling you to finish the degree in two years. You'll also have a variety of employment options in your reach, including many aspects of design and illustration, graphic art, model making, digital publishing, and marketing – or you can even branch into puppetry, textile design, or animation.

Module Details

You'll study modules worth 120 credits.

The core modules you'll take on this course are:

  • Introduction to Illustration
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
  • Line, Colour, Form and Development
  • Narrative and Storytelling

There are no optional modules on this course.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • group critiques

This course has a practical focus, covering the traditional and digital technologies used by professionals.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

You'll be assessed entirely through coursework on this course.

Student Destinations

Completing this course successfully allows you to enter university-level study of illustration and other visual design disciplines. For instance, you'll only need to complete a further 2 years of study to gain a BA (Hons) Illustration degree.

The skills and knowledge you develop could also allow you to advance your existing career or secure your first role in the industry. Areas you could work in include:

  • Traditional print-based media
  • Digital publishing
  • Graphic design companies and agencies
  • Animation/model-making industries

Industry work also delivers a range of flexibility not seen in more traditional sectors and the knowledge and skill that you obtain from this course will be applicable to work in small start ups businesses, global multi-national companies, as well as in a freelance capacity.

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Entry requirements

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview with a portfolio of work.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.

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