Illustration is a way of seeing and understanding the world. You’ll discover how to connect and communicate with different audiences across a range of platforms.
What you'll study
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 can read more about what each of the three years involves and what you’ll study here.
You can also download the programme specification.
What students are doing
Like to know more about the kind of work our students are working on? Browse the gallery below to explore the work of our current BA (Hons) Illustration students.
Students studying this course achieve great things and have won prestigious and high profile awards, such as:
- The Macmillan Prize 2019 – Winner & 2 x ‘Highly Commended’ entries
- Pictoplasma (#Secretsidekick) 2019 – 2x Winners
- Creative Conscience 2019- Winner & Bronze award
- Penguin Book Prize – Children’s Cover Award: 2nd & 3rd Place
- The Cheltenham Illustration Awards – 2x Student Award winners & 1 ‘Highly Commended’ entry
- Batsford Art Prize: Illustration – Runner-up
- Northern International Illustration Prize – Finalist
- Carmelite Prize 2019 – ‘Highly Commended’
- Lauren Childs Illustration Awards – Finalist
Studios and Resources
As a BA (Hons) Illustration student, you’ll work in a combination of multi-use studio spaces and tutorial areas.
You’ll benefit from access to a number of University facilities, such as specialist print areas, workshops and lecture theatres.
Staff on the course
You can find out more about the teaching staff on the BA (Hons) Illustration course by exploring their profiles.
BA Fine Art, MA Fine Art (Painting), PhD
Christian is an artist and researcher based in Dorset. He completed his PhD at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2016. He co-edited Non-Representation and the Creative Arts with Candice Boyd, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.Full profile
What Graduates are doing
Our BA (Hons) Illustration graduates are working within the creative industries across a range of diverse visual art and design practices. Some graduates are employed by creative agencies, design departments or digital businesses – while others work as independent freelance illustrators or form illustration collectives.
Your Interview and Portfolio
If your qualifications meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you to an interview. We’re looking for candidates with good drawing skills who are curious and can talk confidently about what they like doing. We’ll ask you to bring a portfolio with you. You can download our BA (Hons) Illustration portfolio guidelinesto help guide you.
Studying at AUB
- Read more about learning and teaching at AUB and when you will receive your timetable here
- Find out about accommodation
- Read about managing your money as a student and find out more about any course costs
- Read our Admissions Policy
Our Careers and Employability Service is dedicated to supporting you in turning your creativity into a great career. You can read more about this here.