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Illustration BA (Hons)

Our Illustration students are encouraged to develop a personal visual language alongside a critical and innovative approach to the discipline. You will be challenged to respond creatively to a broad range of issues and communicate strong ideas with clarity and flair. We have a dynamic studio culture that encourages collaboration, critical reflection and the sharing of ideas.

You will explore the possibilities offered by both traditional and contemporary techniques, such as printmaking, photography, installation, animation and digital imaging. As the course progresses, you will develop the skills to thrive in the rapidly evolving creative industries.

Materials, Competitions, Events and Visits: Materials for workshops and for master classes, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge. It is recommended that you budget for printing costs (approximately £50 per year for laser and large format printing) and any specialist design materials that you may require (£50 or more depending on materials.)

There are optional trips, both within the UK and overseas:

  • UK visits and Trips: From £50 upwards per year
  • Overseas trips or visits: From £350 upwards per trip

Display materials such as end of year show will cost approximately £30 per year, and if you would like off-site access to your work you can opt for pay £15 per month (student rate) for Adobe Creative Cloud and a Laptop or desktop computer (from around £400 upwards).

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W220 (W221 with Foundation Framework)
BA/Illustr (BA/IllusFY with Foundation Framework)
Waterside Campus
Three years full-time (four years full-time with Foundation Framework).

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level, DMM at BTEC or 112 UCAS points. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied Art, Design or a related subject in an A-Level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification. A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will also be accepted.

Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically.

Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

Foundation Study Framework entry requirements: Admission to the foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level, MPP at BTEC or 64 UCAS points. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

If you are considering a change in career or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you contact Admissions to book an advisory interview with the course leader so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.