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BA (Hons) Illustration

Illustration is a way of seeing and understanding the world around us.

Reasons to study

On this course, you’ll explore the excitement of a rapidly evolving discipline, one that blurs boundaries between different kinds of visual creativity. You’ll challenge and interrogate the way that we think about imagery and style. You’ll be a member of a lively community of illustrators exploring and engaging together.

What Our graduates are doing

Our Illustration graduates have gone on to work with publishers, animators, creative agencies and digital businesses – and many go on to enjoy success as independent illustrators. Read our graduate profiles to find out more.

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Visiting tutors

Throughout your studies we'll invite influential industry professionals to guest lecture and devise workshops. Take a look at some of our visiting lecturers.

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Course team

You can find out more about the teaching staff on the BA (Hons) Illustration course by exploring their profiles.

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As the course has an emphasis on primary research and location drawing, you'll have the opportunity to go on study trips. Take a look at some of the locations we've previously visited.

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Course content

In our studio environment, you’ll learn to experiment, test, and develop your work through the diverse world of illustrative practices; working with traditional and digital modes.

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Course structure

First year is all about allowing you the freedom to experiment and take creative risks, with second and third year focusing on developing your illustrative voice. You also have the option to graduate with a specialist named award.

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Illustration is a way of seeing and understanding the world. You'll discover how to connect and communicate with different audiences.