BA (Hons)Illustration

Course Overview

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.

Vacancies to this undergraduate course are still available via clearing for 2014 entry – find out more

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.

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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